Current Cancer Drug Targets

Ruiwen Zhang 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Amarillo, TX 79106
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NOTCH Signaling as a Novel Cancer Therapeutic Target

Author(s): L. Miele, H. Miao, B. J. Nickoloff.

Abstract:

NOTCH-ligand interaction is a highly conserved mechanism that regulates specific cell fate decision during development. In addition to its functions in developmental and cell maturation processes, studies indicate that NOTCH activation plays a role in the onset and progression of many human malignancies. The prevailing new strategy for rationally targeted cancer treatment is aimed at the development of targetselective “ smart ” drugs on the basis of characterized mechanisms of action. The connection between NOTCH signaling and tumorigenesis suggests that NOTCH may be such a target candidate. Gamma-secretase is a large membrane-integral multisubunit protease complex, which is essential for NOTCH receptor activation. Inhibitors of this enzyme are being developed for Alzheimer ’ s disease, due to its role in cleaving beta-amyloid precursor in the brain. Recently, Gamma-secretase inhibitors (GSIs), as well as various biopharmaceutical or genetic NOTCH signaling inhibitors have been suggested as potential novel cancer therapeutic strategies. This review summarizes the evidence linking NOTCH signaling to several types of cancer, as well as the possible therapeutic indications of NOTCH inhibitors and the challenges facing their clinical development.

Keywords: NOTCH, cancer experimental therapy, Gamma-Secretase

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Article Details

VOLUME: 6
ISSUE: 4
Year: 2006
Page: [313 - 323]
Pages: 11
DOI: 10.2174/156800906777441771
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