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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

    Despite considerable efforts by scientific research, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related mortalities. Sigma-2 receptors, which are overexpressed in several tumors, represent promisi...

    Authors: Maria Laura Pati, John R. Hornick, Mauro Niso, Francesco Berardi, Dirk Spitzer, Carmen Abate and William Hawkins

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:51

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    Combination drug therapy appears a promising approach to overcome drug resistance and reduce drug-related toxicities in ovarian cancer treatments. In this in vitro study, we evaluated the antitumor efficacy of...

    Authors: Vijayalakshmi N. Ayyagari, Tsung-han Jeff Hsieh, Paula L. Diaz-Sylvester and Laurent Brard

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:49

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    Norcantharidin (NCTD) is a Chinese FDA approved, chemically synthesized drug for cancer treatment. The effect of NCTD on signaling proteins of EGFR and c-Met was systematically elucidated in current study.

    Authors: Peiju Qiu, Siwen Wang, Ming Liu, He Ma, Xuan Zeng, Meng Zhang, Lingling Xu, Yidi Cui, Huixin Xu, Yang Tang, Yanli He and Lijuan Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:55

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    Metabolic toxicities of mTOR inhibitors (mTORi) are well characterized. The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between these metabolic toxicities and mTORi efficacy.

    Authors: M. Jebali, R. Elaidi, M. Brizard, J. Fouque, C. Takouchop, B. Sabatier, S. Oudard and J. Medioni

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:27

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    In endemic area, nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) tumor cells harbor EBV latent infection and expresses viral antigens such as EBNA1, LMP1 and LMP2. In this study, we established a NPC-mimicry animal model and a...

    Authors: Mei-Chun Lin, Yong-Chong Lin, Syue-Ting Chen, Tai-Horng Young and Pei-Jen Lou

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:18

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd most common type of cancer worldwide. New anti-cancer agents are needed for treating late stage colorectal cancer as most of the deaths occur due to cancer metastasis. A recentl...

    Authors: Khayal Al-Khayal, Ahmed Alafeefy, Mansoor-Ali Vaali-Mohammed, Amer Mahmood, Ahmed Zubaidi, Omar Al-Obeed, Zahid Khan, Maha Abdulla and Rehan Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2017 17:4

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths for both men and women, and the third most common cause of cancer in the U.S. Toxicity of current chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal cance...

    Authors: Jeffrey Wimsatt, Meghan Villers, Laurel Thomas, Stacey Kamarec, Caitlin Montgomery, Leo W. Y. Yeung, Yanqing Hu and Kim Innes

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:942

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The study was designed to develop a platform to verify whether the extract of herbs combined with chemotherapy drugs play a synergistic role in anti-tumor effects, and to provide experimental evidence and theo...

    Authors: Jun Xie, Jia-Hui Liu, Heng Liu, Xiao-Zhong Liao, Yuling Chen, Mei-Gui Lin, Yue-Yu Gu, Tao-Li Liu, Dong-Mei Wang, Hui Ge and Sui-Lin Mo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:899

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The polyether antibiotic Salinomycin (Sal) is regarded as an inhibitor of cancer stem cells. Its effectiveness on human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells in vitro has been demonstrated before. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Johannes Klose, Jana Eissele, Claudia Volz, Steffen Schmitt, Alina Ritter, Shen Ying, Thomas Schmidt, Ulrike Heger, Martin Schneider and Alexis Ulrich

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:896

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Neuroblastoma (NB) is a frequent pediatric tumor characterized by a poor prognosis where a majority of tumors progress despite intensive multimodality treatments. Autophagy, a self-degradative process in cells...

    Authors: Assila Belounis, Carine Nyalendo, Roxane Le Gall, Tina V. Imbriglio, Mohamed Mahma, Pierre Teira, Mona Beaunoyer, Sonia Cournoyer, Elie Haddad, Gilles Vassal and Hervé Sartelet

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:891

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Endostar is a new endogenous angiogenic inhibitor with implicated anti-tumor activity. This study was to investigate whether thoracic perfusion of Endostar could be used to control malignant pleural effusions ...

    Authors: Rong Biaoxue, Cai Xiguang, Liu Hua, Gao Wenlong and Yang Shuanying

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:888

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evaluate the anti-tumor activity of ozonide antimalarials using a chemoresistant neuroblastoma cell line, BE (2)-c.

    Authors: Don W. Coulter, Timothy R. McGuire, John G. Sharp, Erin M. McIntyre, Yuxiang Dong, Xiaofang Wang, Shawn Gray, Gracey R. Alexander, Nagendra K. Chatuverdi, Shantaram S. Joshi, Xiaoyu Chen and Jonathan L. Vennerstrom

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:867

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Vorinostat, a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, is a promising agent for cancer therapy. Combining vorinostat with cisplatin may relax the chromatin structure and facilitate the accessibility of cisplatin,...

    Authors: Chun-Hao Pan, Ying-Fang Chang, Ming-Shuo Lee, B-Chen Wen, Jen-Chung Ko, Sheng-Kai Liang and Mei-Chih Liang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:857

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the roles of Notch signaling in cholangiocarcinoma (CC). The expression of hairy and enhancer of split 1 (Hes-1) has not been investigated yet in resected specimens of CC. Notch signaling...

    Authors: Shuichi Aoki, Masamichi Mizuma, Yayoi Takahashi, Yoichi Haji, Ryo Okada, Tomoya Abe, Hideaki Karasawa, Keiichi Tamai, Takaho Okada, Takanori Morikawa, Hiroki Hayashi, Kei Nakagawa, Fuyuhiko Motoi, Takeshi Naitoh, Yu Katayose and Michiaki Unno

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:854

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Although brucea javanica oil liposomes (BJOLs) have been used clinically to treat ovarian cancer, its clinical efficacy is often limited by systemic side effects due to non-specific distribution. Luteinizing h...

    Authors: Hongxia Ye, Xiaojuan Liu, Jiangchuan Sun, Shenyin Zhu, Yi Zhu and Shufang Chang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:831

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive tract.

    Authors: Anna Torres, Joanna Kozak, Agnieszka Korolczuk, Paulina Wdowiak, Ewa Domańska-Glonek, Ryszard Maciejewski and Kamil Torres

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:822

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Cancer 2016 16:939

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    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has aggressive progression with poor prognosis and ineffective treatments. Selumetinib is an allosteric, ATP-noncompetitive inhibitor of MEK1/2, which has benn known as eff...

    Authors: Yan Zhou, Shuchen Lin, Kuo-Fu Tseng, Kun Han, Yaling Wang, Zhi-hua Gan, Da-liu Min and Hai-yan Hu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:818

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have reported that eEF-2 kinase is associated with tumour cell sensitivity to certain therapies. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between eEF-2 kinase and lapatinib, a du...

    Authors: Lin Liu, PeiYu Huang, ZhiHui Wang, Nan Chen, Con Tang, Zhong Lin and PeiJian Peng

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:813

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    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant cancers worldwide and is associated with substantial mortality. Because HCCs have strong resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, n...

    Authors: Jae-Woo Jang, Yeonhwa Song, Kang Mo Kim, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim and Haengran Seo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:810

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    Cachexia is one of the most important causes of cancer-related death. Supplementation with branched-chain amino acids, particularly leucine, has been used to minimise loss of muscle tissue, although few studie...

    Authors: Laís Rosa Viana, Rafael Canevarolo, Anna Caroline Perina Luiz, Raquel Frias Soares, Camila Lubaczeuski, Ana Carolina de Mattos Zeri and Maria Cristina Cintra Gomes-Marcondes

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2016 16:764

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