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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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Research article

    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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  19. Content type: Research article

    Well-known anti-malarial drug artemisinin exhibits potent anti-cancerous activities. In-vivo and in-vitro studies showed its anti-tumor and immunomodulatory properties signifying it as a potent drug candidate ...

    Authors: Kanchan Kumari, Sunita Keshari, Debomita Sengupta, Surendra C. Sabat and Sandip K. Mishra

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:858

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  20. Content type: Research article

    There have been few data on the chemotherapy in elderly advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with poor performance status (PS), and usefulness of chemotherapy for such patients remains unclear....

    Authors: Satoshi Ikeda, Hiroshige Yoshioka, Satoshi Ikeo, Mitsunori Morita, Naoyuki Sone, Takashi Niwa, Akihiro Nishiyama, Toshihide Yokoyama, Akimasa Sekine, Takashi Ogura and Tadashi Ishida

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:797

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  21. Content type: Software

    Quantifying the response of cell lines to drugs or other perturbagens is the cornerstone of pre-clinical drug development and pharmacogenomics as well as a means to study factors that contribute to sensitivity...

    Authors: Nicholas A. Clark, Marc Hafner, Michal Kouril, Elizabeth H. Williams, Jeremy L. Muhlich, Marcin Pilarczyk, Mario Niepel, Peter K. Sorger and Mario Medvedovic

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:698

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Neoplastic cells proliferate rapidly and obtain requisite building blocks by reprogramming metabolic pathways that favor growth. Previously, we observed that prostate cancer cells uptake and store lipids in th...

    Authors: Ranjana Mitra, Thuc T. Le, Priyatham Gorjala and Oscar B. Goodman Jr.

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:631

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Programmed cell death 1 (PD1) inhibitors have recently shown promising anti-cancer effects in a number of solid tumor types. A predictive biomarker to this class of drugs has not been clearly identified; howev...

    Authors: Basile Tessier-Cloutier, Steve E. Kalloger, Mohammad Al-Kandari, Katy Milne, Dongxia Gao, Brad H. Nelson, Daniel J. Renouf, Brandon S. Sheffield and David F. Schaeffer

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:618

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Metastatic pancreatic cancer has a dismal prognosis, with a mean six-month progression-free survival of approximately 50% and a median survival of about 11 months. Despite intensive research, only slight impro...

    Authors: Jacek Hajda, Monika Lehmann, Ottheinz Krebs, Meinhard Kieser, Karsten Geletneky, Dirk Jäger, Michael Dahm, Bernard Huber, Tilman Schöning, Oliver Sedlaczek, Albrecht Stenzinger, Niels Halama, Volker Daniel, Barbara Leuchs, Assia Angelova, Jean Rommelaere…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:576

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Mutations of the DNA repair proteins BRCA1/2 are synthetically lethal with the DNA repair enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), which when inhibited, leads to cell death due to the absence of compensatory...

    Authors: Zhor Senhaji Mouhri, Elliot Goodfellow and Bertrand Jean-Claude

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:540

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  26. Content type: Research article

    177Lu-octreotate can be used to treat somatostatin receptor expressing neuroendocrine tumors. It is highly effective in animal models, but clinical studies have so far only demonstrate...

    Authors: Johan Spetz, Britta Langen, Nils Rudqvist, Toshima Z. Parris, Khalil Helou, Ola Nilsson and Eva Forssell-Aronsson

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:528

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. Surgery is proven to be the most effective treatment in early stages, despite its potential impact on quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitatio...

    Authors: Stefania Fugazzaro, Stefania Costi, Carlotta Mainini, Besa Kopliku, Cristian Rapicetta, Roberto Piro, Roberta Bardelli, Patricia Filipa Sobral Rebelo, Carla Galeone, Giorgio Sgarbi, Filippo Lococo, Massimiliano Paci, Tommaso Ricchetti, Silvio Cavuto, Domenico Franco Merlo and Sara Tenconi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:508

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Metformin is a biguanide oral hypoglycaemic agent commonly used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. In addition to its anti-diabetic effect, metformin has also been associated with a reduced risk of...

    Authors: Danielle Crawley, Ashish Chandra, Massimo Loda, Cheryl Gillett, Paul Cathcart, Ben Challacombe, Gary Cook, Declan Cahill, Aida Santa Olalla, Fidelma Cahill, Gincy George, Sarah Rudman and Mieke Van Hemelrijck

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:494

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cytotoxic efficacy of anticancer drugs has been widely studied with monolayer-cultured cancer cells. However, the efficacy of drugs under two-dimensional (2D) culture condition usually differs from that of thr...

    Authors: Eva Lhuissier, Céline Bazille, Juliette Aury-Landas, Nicolas Girard, Julien Pontin, Martine Boittin, Karim Boumediene and Catherine Baugé

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:490

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  30. Content type: Research article

    As cancer metastasis is the deadliest aspect of cancer, causing 90% of human deaths, evaluating the molecular mechanisms underlying this process is the major interest to those in the drug development field. Bo...

    Authors: Shih-Hsin Tu, Yi-Chen Hsieh, Li-Chi Huang, Chun-Yu Lin, Kai-Wen Hsu, Wen-Shyang Hsieh, Wei-Ming Chi and Chia-Hwa Lee

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:440

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Studies comparing the effect of antiangiogenic agents targeting different angiogenic pathways are sparse. The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of properdistatin and sunitinib treatment in a prec...

    Authors: Jon-Vidar Gaustad, Trude G. Simonsen, Lise Mari K. Andersen and Einar K. Rofstad

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:411

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Doxorubicin (DXR) hydrochloride (HCl) liposome injection is an important part of the treatment armamentarium for a number of cancers. With growing needs for affordable and effective anticancer treatments, the ...

    Authors: Vinod Burade, Subhas Bhowmick, Kuntal Maiti, Rishit Zalawadia, Harry Ruan and Rajamannar Thennati

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:405

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Venetoclax (ABT-199), a first-in-class orally bioavailable BCL-2-selective inhibitor, was recently approved by the FDA for use in patients with 17p-deleted chronic lymphocytic leukemia who have received prior ...

    Authors: Stephen K. Tahir, Morey L. Smith, Paul Hessler, Lisa Roberts Rapp, Kenneth B. Idler, Chang H. Park, Joel D. Leverson and Lloyd T. Lam

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:399

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The prognosis of synovial sarcoma (SS), an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma, remains poor. We previously reported that c-MET or platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) signalling pathway is related to...

    Authors: Shutaro Yamada, Yoshinori Imura, Takaaki Nakai, Sho Nakai, Naohiro Yasuda, Keiko Kaneko, Hidetatsu Outani, Satoshi Takenaka, Kenichiro Hamada, Akira Myoui, Nobuhito Araki, Takafumi Ueda, Kazuyuki Itoh, Hideki Yoshikawa and Norifumi Naka

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:334

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Mesothelioma is resistant to conventional treatments and is often defective in p53 pathways. We then examined anti-tumor effects of metformin, an agent for type 2 diabetes, and combinatory effects of metformin...

    Authors: Kengo Shimazu, Yuji Tada, Takao Morinaga, Masato Shingyoji, Ikuo Sekine, Hideaki Shimada, Kenzo Hiroshima, Takao Namiki, Koichiro Tatsumi and Masatoshi Tagawa

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:309

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Interstitial lung diseases induced by anticancer agents (ILD-AA) are rare adverse effects of anticancer therapy. However, prognostic biomarkers for ILD-AA have not been identified in patients with advanced lun...

    Authors: Kota Nakamura, Motoyasu Kato, Takehito Shukuya, Keita Mori, Yasuhito Sekimoto, Hiroaki Ihara, Ryota Kanemaru, Ryo Ko, Rina Shibayama, Ken Tajima, Ryo Koyama, Naoko Shimada, Osamu Nagashima, Fumiyuki Takahashi, Shinichi Sasaki and Kazuhisa Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:302

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring common epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations (exon 19 deletion or exon 21 L858R) respond to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs). The second...

    Authors: Masato Chiba, Yosuke Togashi, Eri Bannno, Yoshihisa Kobayashi, Yu Nakamura, Hidetoshi Hayashi, Masato Terashima, Marco A. De Velasco, Kazuko Sakai, Yoshihiko Fujita, Tetsuya Mitsudomi and Kazuto Nishio

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:281

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Metastasis is the leading cause of death in breast cancer patients. CD73, also known as ecto-5′-nucleotidase, plays a critical role in cancer development including metastasis. The existing researches indicate ...

    Authors: Xu Yang, Shimin Pei, Huanan Wang, Yipeng Jin, Fang Yu, Bin Zhou, Hong Zhang, Di Zhang and Degui Lin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:255

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Central nervous system (CNS) brain metastasis of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients confers a worse quality of life and prognosis. The efficacy comparison of two first-generation epidermal gr...

    Authors: Meng-Xia Li, Hao He, Zhi-Hua Ruan, Yu-Xi Zhu, Rong-Qing Li, Xiao He, Bao-Hua Lan, Zhi-Min Zhang, Guo-Dong Liu, Hua-Liang Xiao, Yan Wu, Bo Zhu, Ge Wang and Zhen-Zhou Yang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:245

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Expression and activity of heparanase, an endoglycosidase that cleaves heparan sulfate (HS) side chains of proteoglycans, is associated with progression and poor prognosis of many cancers which makes it an att...

    Authors: C. P. Baburajeev, Chakrabhavi Dhananjaya Mohan, Shobith Rangappa, Daniel J. Mason, Julian E. Fuchs, Andreas Bender, Uri Barash, Israel Vlodavsky, Basappa and Kanchugarakoppal S. Rangappa

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:235

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Clinical efficacy of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus is limited in breast cancer and regularly leads to side-effects including hyperglycemia. The AMPK inhibitor and anti-diabetic drug metformin may counteract ev...

    Authors: Gerke Ariaans, Mathilde Jalving, Emma Geertruida Elisabeth de Vries and Steven de Jong

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:232

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Former studies already revealed the anti-neoplastic properties of the anti-infective agent Taurolidine (TRD) against many tumor species in vitro and in vivo. Its anti-proliferative and cell death inducing capacit...

    Authors: M. Buchholz, B. Majchrzak-Stiller, S. Hahn, D. Vangala, R. W. Pfirrmann, W. Uhl, C. Braumann and A. M. Chromik

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:216

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common, invasive and deadly primary type of malignant brain tumor. The Phosphatidylinositol-3-Kinase/AKT (PI3K/AKT) pathway is highly active in GBM and has been associ...

    Authors: Ravi S. Narayan, Carlos A. Fedrigo, Eelke Brands, Rogier Dik, Lukas J.A. Stalpers, Brigitta G. Baumert, Ben J. Slotman, Bart A. Westerman, Godefridus J. Peters and Peter Sminia

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:204

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Glioblastoma is the most frequent and most malignant brain tumor with the patients having a median survival of only 14.6 months. Although glioblastoma patients are treated with surgery, radiation and chemother...

    Authors: Stine S. Jensen, Stine A. Petterson, Bo Halle, Charlotte Aaberg-Jessen and Bjarne W. Kristensen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:178

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  45. Content type: Research article

    We previously showed that 1-methylnicotinamide (1-MNA) and its analog 1,4-dimethylpyridine (1,4-DMP) could inhibit the formation of lung metastases and enhance the efficacy of cyclophosphamide-based chemothera...

    Authors: Agnieszka Denslow, Marta Switalska, Marcin Nowak, Magdalena Maciejewska, Stefan Chlopicki, Andrzej Marcinek, Jerzy Gebicki and Joanna Wietrzyk

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:177

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway is constitutively activated in many cancers. Selumetinib (AZD6244, ARRY-142886) is an oral, potent and highly selective, allosteric MEK1/2 inhibitor with a short half-life that has ...

    Authors: Patricia M. LoRusso, Jeffrey R. Infante, Kevin B. Kim, Howard A. Burris III, Gregory Curt, Ugochi Emeribe, Delyth Clemett, Helen K. Tomkinson and Roger B. Cohen

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:173

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 250 million people worldwide are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and more than half of the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases are attributed to this infection. As HCC has a hi...

    Authors: Jeffery Fairman, Katherine H. Liu and Stephan Menne

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:172

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Human triple-negative breast cancer has limited therapeutic choices. Breast tumor cells have depolarized plasma membrane potential. Using this unique electrical property, we aim to develop an effective selecti...

    Authors: Han-Gang Yu, Sarah McLaughlin, Mackenzie Newman, Kathleen Brundage, Amanda Ammer, Karen Martin and James Coad

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:169

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