The Efficacy of Vitamin K, A Member Of Naphthoquinones in the Treatment of Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Author(s): Dariimaa Ganbat, Bat-Erdene Jugder, Lkhamaa Ganbat, Miki Tomoeda, Erdenetsogt Dungubat, Yoshihisa Takahashi, Ichiro Mori, Takayuki Shiomi, Yasuhiko Tomita*

Journal Name: Current Cancer Drug Targets

Volume 21 , Issue 6 , 2021

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Background: Redox dysregulation originating from metabolic alterations in cancer cells contributes to their proliferation, invasion, and resistance to therapy. Conversely, these features represent a specific vulnerability of malignant cells that can be selectively targeted by redox chemotherapeutics. Amongst them, Vitamin K (VitK) carries the potential against cancer stem cells, in addition to the rest of tumor mass.

Objectives: To assess the possible benefits and safety of VitK for cancer treatment using a systematic review and meta-analysis with a mixed-methods approach.

Methods: We performed a systematic search on several electronic databases for studies comparing VitK treatment with and without combination to the control groups. For quantitative studies, fully or partially reported clinical outcomes such as recurrence rates, survival, overall response and adverse reactions were assessed. For qualitative studies, a narrative synthesis was accomplished.

Results: Our analysis suggested that the clinical outcome of efficacy, the pooled hazard ratio for progression-free survival, and the pooled relative risk for overall survival, and overall response were significantly higher in the VitK therapy group compared to the placebo group (p<0.05). We did not observe any significant difference in the occurrence of adverse events between groups. Among qualitative studies, VitK treatment targeting myelodysplastic syndrome and advanced solid tumors resulted in 24.1% and 10% of clinical response, respectively.

Conclusion: VitK not only exerts antitumor effects against a wide range of tumor types, but it also has excellent synergism with other therapeutic agents.

Keywords: Vitamin K, systematic review, naphthoquinones, antitumor effect, safety, synergism, chemotherapy, pleotropic effect.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 20 January, 2021
Page: [495 - 513]
Pages: 19
DOI: 10.2174/1568009621999210120182834
Price: $65

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