Natural Products Targeting Autophagy via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR Pathway as Anticancer Agents

Author(s): Hui Sun , Zhaoye Wang , Juan Sebastian Yakisich .

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 13 , Issue 7 , 2013

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Abstract:

The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/Akt/mTOR) pathway is a key regulator of authophagy. Natural products show anticancer activity and often induce apoptosis or autophagy. The crosstalk between these two types of cell death makes autophagy an interesting target since drugs targeting this process not only can induce cell death by inducing autophagy but can also sensitize cells to apoptosis. Autophagy is also a protective mechanism associated with increased resistance to chemotherapy. In this review, we discuss natural products known to induce autophagy cell death in cancer cells via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway.

Keywords: Natural products, PI3K/Akt, autophagy, cancer stem cell, stemness, cell death, anticancer drugs.

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VOLUME: 13
ISSUE: 7
Year: 2013
Page: [1048 - 1056]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/18715206113139990130
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