Frontiers in Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery

Frontiers in Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery

Volume: 12

Frontiers in Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery is a book series devoted to publishing the latest advances in anti-cancer drug design and discovery. In each volume, eminent scientists contribute reviews ...
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Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerases as New Drug Targets in Cancer Treatment

Pp. 164-195 (32)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811487385121120008

Author(s): Fatih Tok*, Bedia Koçyiğit-Kaymakçıoğlu


Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, remains one of the most major health problems worldwide. Chemotherapeutic agents play an important role in cancer therapy. However, many anticancer drugs have potential disadvantages, such as non-selective toxicity, few drug targets, higher medical costs. Furthermore, since rapid resistance to chemotherapeutics, medicinal chemists aim to develop new anticancer drugs with better properties. The development of new anticancer drugs is one of the most vital areas of research in chemical science. Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) is an important nuclear enzyme responsible for the genomic repair, telomerase regulation, transcription, and regulation of cell death. Poli (ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors have recently been approved for cancer treatment, especially breast and ovarian cancer. In this study, we explained the roles of PARP inhibitors in cancer treatment and their mechanisms of action with their structure-activity relationship. Therefore, this article will provide readers with a new perspective on cancer diseases and its treatment with PARP inhibitors.


Benzamide, BRCA, Breast cancer, Cancer treatment, DNA damage, DNA repair, Dual inhibitors, Nicotinamide, Olaparib, Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase, PARP inhibitors, Veliparib.