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Experimental therapeutics and drug development

This section covers all aspects of preclinical investigations on therapeutic agents. It welcomes submissions concerning anti-cancer drug discovery and development, and targeted therapies.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    We previously reported that clioquinol acts as a zinc ionophore and inhibits the NF-κB signalling pathway. Other research has demonstrated that zinc deficiency plays a vital role in the occurrence and developm...

    Authors: Shan Lu, Yuan Ke, Chaoyan Wu, Yahua Zhong, Conghua Xie, Yunfeng Zhou, Fuxiang Zhou and Haijun Yu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:448

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    Previous studies have suggested that metformin may be useful for preventing and treating endometrial cancer (EC), while the results have been inconsistent. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to inv...

    Authors: Danxia Chu, Jie Wu, Kaili Wang, Mengling Zhao, Chunfang Wang, Liuxia Li and Ruixia Guo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:438

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    Mammary cancer is highly prevalent in dogs and cats and results in a poor prognosis due to critically lacking viable treatment options. Recent human and mouse studies have suggested that inhibiting peptidyl ar...

    Authors: Melissa M. Ledet, Robyn Anderson, Rebecca Harman, Aaron Muth, Paul R. Thompson, Scott A. Coonrod and Gerlinde R. Van de Walle

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:412

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    Brucea javanica oil emulsion (BJOE) is traditional Chinese medicine with implicated anti-tumor activity, which has been used for treating lung cancer in China. The aim of this investigation was to evaluate the...

    Authors: Dai Fuhong, Gao Xiang, Li Haiying, Wang Jiangye, Gao Xueming and Chai Wenxiao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:411

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    Magnetic resonance (MR)-guided microwave ablation is a well-developed technique for the treatment of tumors, especially hepatic carcinomas. However, there are no detailed reports on the changes in the MR image...

    Authors: Jun Dong, Xiaojing Geng, Yadi Yang, Xiuyu Cai, Pili Hu, Liangping Xia, Bei Zhang and Peihong Wu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:397

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Kallikrein-Kinin System (KKS) has been found to play a role in tumor progression in several cancers. The KKS metabolic cascade depends on signalling through two cross talking receptors; bradykinin receptor...

    Authors: Patricia Luiza Nunes da Costa, David Wynne, Theodora Fifis, Linh Nguyen, Marcos Perini and Christopher Christophi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:382

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Temozolomide (TMZ)-induced side effects and drug tolerance to human gliomas are still challenging issues now. Our previous studies showed that honokiol, a major bioactive constituent of Magnolia officinalis (Houp...

    Authors: Chung-Ching Chio, Kung-Yen Chen, Cheng-Kuei Chang, Jian-Ying Chuang, Chih-Chung Liu, Shing-Hwa Liu and Ruei-Ming Chen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:379

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The combination of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide (ATO) has been suggested to be safe and effective for adult acute promyelocytic leukaemia (APL). As of 2010, the role of cytarabine (Ara-C...

    Authors: Li Zhang, Yao Zou, Yumei Chen, Ye Guo, Wenyu Yang, Xiaojuan Chen, Shuchun Wang, Xiaoming Liu, Min Ruan, Jiayuan Zhang, Tianfeng Liu, Fang Liu, Benquan Qi, Wenbin An, Yuanyuan Ren, Lixian Chang…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:374

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    The primary clinical manifestation of skin field cancerization is the presence of actinic keratoses (AKs). Current treatments for AKs related to skin field cancerization include photodynamic therapy (PDT) and ...

    Authors: Anna Carolina Miola, Eliane Roio Ferreira, Luciana Patricia Fernandes Abbade, Juliano Vilaverde Schmitt and Helio Amante Miot

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:340

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  10. Content type: Review article

    Despite the remarkable advances in the early diagnosis and treatment, overall 5-year survival rate of patients with pancreatic cancer is less than 10%. Gemcitabine (GEM), a cytidine nucleoside analogue and rib...

    Authors: Toshinori Ozaki, Meng Yu, Danjing Yin, Dan Sun, Yuyan Zhu, Youquan Bu and Meixiang Sang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:309

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the present study was to evaluate the physical properties of “admixture paste”, which is a commercially available gel containing hinokitiol for use against severe stomatitis, and its characteristics...

    Authors: Ayumi Sakuramoto, Yoko Hasegawa, Kazuma Sugahara, Yoshiyuki Komoda, Kana Hasegawa, Shinichi Hikasa, Mai Kurashita, Junya Sakai, Masahiro Arita, Kazuhiro Yasukawa and Hiromitsu Kishimoto

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:245

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Preclinical studies have demonstrated that docetaxel and bevacizumab may act synergistically by decreasing endothelial cell proliferation and preventing circulating endothelial progenitor mobilization. The obj...

    Authors: Satoshi Ikeda, Terufumi Kato, Takashi Ogura, Akimasa Sekine, Tsuneyuki Oda, Noriyuki Masuda, Satoshi Igawa, Ken Katono, Sakiko Otani, Kouzo Yamada, Haruhiro Saito, Tetsuro Kondo, Yukio Hosomi, Yoshiro Nakahara, Masanori Nishikawa, Keiko Utumi…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:241

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Vascular supply of tumors is one of the main targets for cancer therapy. Here, we investigated if plocabulin (PM060184), a novel marine-derived microtubule-binding agent, presents antiangiogenic and vascular-d...

    Authors: Carlos M. Galmarini, Maud Martin, Benjamin Pierre Bouchet, María José Guillen-Navarro, Marta Martínez-Diez, Juan Fernando Martinez-Leal, Anna Akhmanova and Pablo Aviles

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:164

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a serine/threonine kinase that is a key regulator of multiple stages of mitotic progression. Plk1 is upregulated in many tumor types including colorectal cancer (CRC) and portends ...

    Authors: Peter J. Klauck, Stacey M. Bagby, Anna Capasso, Erica L. Bradshaw-Pierce, Heather M. Selby, Anna Spreafico, John J. Tentler, Aik Choon Tan, Jihye Kim, John J. Arcaroli, Alicia Purkey, Wells A. Messersmith, Keisuke Kuida, S. Gail Eckhardt and Todd M. Pitts

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:136

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Side-effects have been considered as the limitation of the chemotherapy agents’ administration and life quality in patients with ovarian cancers. In order to explore the influence of the chemotherapy agents co...

    Authors: Yanxiu Guo, Haoxia Zeng, Xiaohong Chang, Chaohua Wang and Heng Cui

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:81

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in north-American men. Few dietary or lifestyle interventions have been tested to prevent prostate cancer progression. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation r...

    Authors: Marie-Hélène Guertin, Karine Robitaille, Jean-François Pelletier, Thierry Duchesne, Pierre Julien, Josée Savard, Isabelle Bairati and Vincent Fradet

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:64

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Glioma stem cells (GSCs) contribute to tumor recurrence and drug resistance. This study characterizes the tumorigenesis of CD133+ cells and their sensitivity to pharmacological inhibition.

    Authors: Chia-Hsin Chang, Wei-Ting Liu, Hui-Chi Hung, Chia-Yu Gean, Hong-Ming Tsai, Chun-Lin Su and Po-Wu Gean

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:905

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Cisplatin (CP), an effective anticancer agent, carries the risk of impairing testicular function leading to infertility. The present study aimed at evaluating the protective effect of A. hydaspica ethyl acetate e...

    Authors: Tayyaba Afsar, Suhail Razak, Muhammad Rashid khan and Ali Almajwal

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:883

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