Autophagy in cancer and chemotherapy

Yousefi, Shida; Simon, Hans-Uwe (2009). Autophagy in cancer and chemotherapy. Results and problems in cell differentiation, 49, pp. 183-190. Berlin: Springer

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Cancer cells often exhibit mutations in critical molecules of the apoptotic machinery, resulting in resistance to common anticancer therapies. In the absence of apoptosis, autophagic cell death can be an alternative form of cell death by excessive self-digestion. Therefore, autophagic cell death can be considered as a backup cell death mechanism when apoptotic cell death mechanisms fail. However, many tumors also exhibit deficiencies in autophagy that may result in both genomic instability and further anticancer drug resistance. This chapter summarizes our current understanding regarding the regulation of autophagy in tumors and discusses potential new anticancer drug treatment strategies.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Pharmacology

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Yousefi, Shida, Simon, Hans-Uwe








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04 Oct 2013 15:10

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05 Dec 2022 14:21

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