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BioMed Research International / 2002 / Article

Review article | Open Access

Volume 2 |Article ID 653162 |

William L. Rust, Stephen W. Carper, George E. Plopper, "The Promise of Integrins as Effective Targets for Anticancer Agents", BioMed Research International, vol. 2, Article ID 653162, 7 pages, 2002.

The Promise of Integrins as Effective Targets for Anticancer Agents

Received28 Jan 2002
Revised27 Mar 2002
Accepted28 Mar 2002


This review will briefly describe integrin function, address why integrins are attractive targets for chemotherapeutic drug design, and discuss some ongoing studies aimed at inhibiting integrin activity. Integrins are cell surface heterodimeric receptors. They modulate many cellular processes including: growth, death (apoptosis), adhesion, migration, and invasion by activating several signaling pathways. Many potential chemotherapeutic agents target integrins directly (eg, polypeptides, monoclonal antibodies, adenovirus vectors). These agents may be clinically useful in controlling the metastatic spread of cancer.

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