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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. Glioblastomas are largely unresponsive to all available treatments and there is therefore an urgent need for novel therapeutics. Here we have probed the antineoplastic effects of a bacterial protein toxin, the...

    Authors: Eleonora Vannini, Anna Panighini, Chiara Cerri, Alessia Fabbri, Simonetta Lisi, Enrico Pracucci, Nicola Benedetto, Riccardo Vannozzi, Carla Fiorentini, Matteo Caleo and Mario Costa

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:449

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the p53-reactivating drugs RITA and nutlin3a in killing myeloma cells.

    Authors: Sylvanie Surget, Géraldine Descamps, Carole Brosseau, Vincent Normant, Sophie Maïga, Patricia Gomez-Bougie, Nadège Gouy-Colin, Catherine Godon, Marie C Béné, Philippe Moreau, Steven Le Gouill, Martine Amiot and Catherine Pellat-Deceunynck

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:437

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  3. A common approach to cancer therapy in clinical practice is the combination of several drugs to boost the anticancer activity of available drugs while suppressing their unwanted side effects. In this regard, w...

    Authors: Hye-Kyung Park, Ji-Eun Lee, Jaehwa Lim, Da-Eun Jo, Soo-Ah Park, Pann-Ghill Suh and Byoung Heon Kang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:431

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  4. Tumorigenesis is the result of genomic or epigenomic insults and subsequent loss of the proper mechanisms to respond to these alterations leading to unscheduled growth. Tumors arising from these mutations ofte...

    Authors: William N Pappano, Qian Zhang, Lora A Tucker, Chris Tse and Jieyi Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:430

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Breast cancer is one of the most deadly diseases in women. Inhibiting the synthesis of estrogen is effective in treating patients with estrogen-responsive breast cancer. Previous studies have demonstrated that...

    Authors: Tsz Yan Wong, Fengjuan Li, Shu-mei Lin, Franky L Chan, Shiuan Chen and Lai K Leung

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:426

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Activation of Rho, one of the small GTPases, and its major downstream target Rho-kinase (ROCK) promotes the development and metastasis of cancer. We previously showed that elevation of Rho and ROCK expression ...

    Authors: Hideyuki Abe, Takao Kamai, Keitaro Hayashi, Naohiko Anzai, Hiromichi Shirataki, Tomoya Mizuno, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Akinori Masuda, Hideo Yuki, Hironori Betsunoh, Masahiro Yashi, Yoshitatsu Fukabori and Ken-Ichiro Yoshida

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:412

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  7. Development of escape pathways from antiangiogenic treatments was reported to be associated with enhanced tumor aggressiveness and rebound effect was suggested after treatment stop. Aim of the study was to eva...

    Authors: Sara Marinelli, Veronica Salvatore, Marco Baron Toaldo, Maddalena Milazzo, Luca Croci, Laura Venerandi, Anna Pecorelli, Chiara Palamà, Alessia Diana, Luigi Bolondi and Fabio Piscaglia

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:403

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) is a highly cell-selective cancer therapy, which employs monoclonal antibodies conjugated to a potent photosensitizer (mAb-IR700). Once the conjugate has bound to the target cell, expo...

    Authors: Takahito Nakajima, Kazuhide Sato, Hirofumi Hanaoka, Rira Watanabe, Toshiko Harada, Peter L Choyke and Hisataka Kobayashi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:389

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  9. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive human malignancies with a extremely low 5-year survival rate. Hence, the search for more effective anti-pancreatic cancer agents is urgent.

    Authors: Xing-dong Xu, Lan Yang, Li-yun Zheng, Yan-yan Pan, Zhi-fei Cao, Zhi-qing Zhang, Quan-sheng Zhou, Bo Yang and Cong Cao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:373

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Cancer 2016 16:374

  10. Valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, is reported to exert anti-tumor effects by upregulating the expression of the natural killer group 2D (NKG2D) ligands on tumor cells; however, the m...

    Authors: Pengfei Shi, Tao Yin, Feng Zhou, Pengfei Cui, Shanmiao Gou and Chunyou Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:370

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide with limited therapeutic options. Since HCC has been shown to be immunogenic, immunotherapy is considered a promising therapeutic...

    Authors: Tatyana O Kabilova, Larisa V Kovtonyuk, Evgeniy V Zonov, Elena I Ryabchikova, Nelly A Popova, Valeriy P Nikolin, Vasiliy I Kaledin, Marina A Zenkova, Valentin V Vlassov and Elena L Chernolovskaya

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:338

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The small size of ultra-small nanoparticles makes them suitable for lymphatic delivery, and many recent studies have examined their role in anti-metastasis therapy. However, the anti-metastatic efficacy of sma...

    Authors: Yunfei Li, Mingji Jin, Shuai Shao, Wei Huang, Feifei Yang, Wei Chen, Shenghua Zhang, Guimin Xia and Zhonggao Gao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:329

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  13. Oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a highly aggressive carcinoma with a poor survival rate. One of the most commonly used chemotherapeutic drugs, cisplatin, displays varied and often poor efficacy i...

    Authors: Leonard Howard Damelin, Rupal Jivan, Robin Bruce Veale, Amanda Louise Rousseau and Demetra Mavri-Damelin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:314

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Androgen deprivation therapy is the primary strategy for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer; however, after an initial regression, most patients will inevitably develop a fatal androgen-independent tumo...

    Authors: Xiaolu Wang, Haitao Gao, Lixin Ren, Junfei Gu, Yanping Zhang and Yong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:308

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Expression and function of sodium iodide symporter (NIS) is requisite for efficient iodide transport in thyrocytes, and its presence in cancer cells allows the use of radioiodine as a diagnostic and therapeuti...

    Authors: Salvatore Micali, Stefania Bulotta, Cinzia Puppin, Angelo Territo, Michele Navarra, Giampaolo Bianchi, Giuseppe Damante, Sebastiano Filetti and Diego Russo

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:303

    Content type: Review

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  16. Surgical therapies are the first-line treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. However, the high incidence of tumor metastasis after liver surgery remains a severe problem. We aim to investigate...

    Authors: Chang Xian Li, Bing L Wong, Chang Chun Ling, Yuen Yuen Ma, Yan Shao, Wei Geng, Xiang Qi, Sze Hang Lau, Sui Yi Kwok, Na Wei, Fei Chuen Tzang, Kevin TP Ng, Xiao Bing Liu, Chung Mau Lo and Kwan Man

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:293

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  17. Zalypsis® is a marine compound in phase II clinical trials for multiple myeloma, cervical and endometrial cancer, and Ewing’s sarcoma. However, the determinants of the response to Zalypsis are not well known. ...

    Authors: Victoria Moneo, Beatriz G Serelde, Carmen Blanco-Aparicio, Ramon Diaz-Uriarte, Pablo Avilés, Gemma Santamaría, Juan C Tercero, Carmen Cuevas and Amancio Carnero

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:281

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  18. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), a devastating neoplasm, is highly resistant to current chemotherapies. CCA cells frequently overexpress the antiapoptotic protein myeloid cell leukemia-1(Mcl-1), which is responsible ...

    Authors: Xiwei Ding, Bin Zhang, Qingshan Pei, Jianmei Pan, Shuling Huang, Yan Yang, Zhu Zhu, Ying Lv and Xiaoping Zou

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:271

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  19. Gallbladder cancer is the most frequent malignancy of the bile duct with high aggressive and extremely poor prognosis. The main objective of the paper was to investigate the inhibitory effects of oridonin, a d...

    Authors: Runfa Bao, Yijun Shu, Xiangsong Wu, Hao Weng, Qian Ding, Yang Cao, Maolan Li, Jiasheng Mu, Wenguang Wu, Qichen Ding, Zhujun Tan, Tianyu Liu, Lin Jiang, Yunping Hu, Jianfeng Gu and Yingbin Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:217

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  20. Medulloblastoma is the most common type of pediatric brain tumor. Although numerous factors influence patient survival rates, more than 30% of all cases will ultimately be refractory to conventional therapies....

    Authors: Brian Hutzen, Hemant Kumar Bid, Peter J Houghton, Christopher R Pierson, Kimerly Powell, Anna Bratasz, Corey Raffel and Adam W Studebaker

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:206

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  21. Companion animals like dogs frequently develop tumors with age and similarly to human malignancies, display interpatient tumoral heterogeneity. Tumors are frequently characterized with regard to their mutation...

    Authors: Nicole Grosse, Barbara van Loon and Carla Rohrer Bley

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:203

    Content type: Debate

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  22. Vasculogenic mimicry (VM) is a novel tumor blood supply in some highly aggressive malignant tumors. Recently, we reported VM existed in gallbladder carcinomas (GBCs) and the formation of the special passage th...

    Authors: Jing-Tao Zhang, Wei Sun, Wen-Zhong Zhang, Chun-Yan Ge, Zhong-Yan Liu, Ze-Ming Zhao, Xing-Sui Lu and Yue-Zu Fan

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:193

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  23. Ewing’s sarcoma (ES) is the second most frequent primitive malignant bone tumor in adolescents with a very poor prognosis for high risk patients, mainly when lung metastases are detected (overall survival <15%...

    Authors: Guillaume Odri, Pui-Pui Kim, François Lamoureux, Céline Charrier, Séverine Battaglia, Jérôme Amiaud, Dominique Heymann, François Gouin and Françoise Redini

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:169

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  24. Chemoresistance of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has been attributed to the presence within the tumor of cancer stem cells (GSCs). The standard therapy for GBM consists of surgery followed by radiotherapy and ...

    Authors: Lucio Tentori, Lucia Ricci-Vitiani, Alessia Muzi, Fabio Ciccarone, Federica Pelacchi, Roberta Calabrese, Daniele Runci, Roberto Pallini, Paola Caiafa and Grazia Graziani

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:151

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  25. Celastrol is a promising anti-tumor agent, yet it also elevates heat shock proteins (HSPs), especially HSP70, this effect believed to reduce its anti-tumor effects. Concurrent use of siRNA to increase celastro...

    Authors: Bin Peng, Xue Zhang, Fanfan Cao, Ying Wang, Limin Xu, Lu Cao, Chunxin Yang, Maoquan Li, Georges Uzan and Denghai Zhang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:146

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  26. The anticancer properties of aspirin are restricted by its gastrointestinal toxicity and its limited efficacy. Therefore, we synthesized phospho-aspirin (PA-2; MDC-22), a novel derivative of aspirin, and evalu...

    Authors: Liqun Huang, Chi C Wong, Gerardo G Mackenzie, Yu Sun, Ka Wing Cheng, Kvetoslava Vrankova, Ninche Alston, Nengtai Ouyang and Basil Rigas

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:141

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  27. Identification of new drugs against paediatric sarcomas represents an urgent clinical need that mainly relies on public investments due to the rarity of these diseases. In this paper we evaluated the in vitro and...

    Authors: Clara Guerzoni, Stefano Amatori, Luca Giorgi, Maria Cristina Manara, Lorena Landuzzi, Pier-Luigi Lollini, Aurora Tassoni, Mauro Balducci, Marco Manfrini, Loredana Pratelli, Massimo Serra, Piero Picci, Mauro Magnani, Vieri Fusi, Mirco Fanelli and Katia Scotlandi

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:137

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  28. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary liver tumor and is the most difficult human malignancy to treat. In this study, we sought to develop an integrative approach in which real-time tumor monitoring, gen...

    Authors: Jing Chen, Shu Zhu, Liangqian Tong, Jiansha Li, Fei Chen, Yunfeng Han, Ming Zhao and Wei Xiong

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:114

    Content type: Research article

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  29. There are a lot of unmet needs in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Fenofibrate, a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR-α) agonist, has been used for decades to treat hypert...

    Authors: Ting Li, Qunling Zhang, Jian Zhang, Gong Yang, Zhimin Shao, Jianmin Luo, Minhao Fan, Chen Ni, Zhenhua Wu and Xichun Hu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:96

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  30. A subpopulation of tumor cells with distinct stem-like properties (cancer stem-like cells, CSCs) may be responsible for tumor initiation, invasive growth, and possibly dissemination to distant organ sites. CSC...

    Authors: Zhihong Chen, Lora W Forman, Robert M Williams and Douglas V Faller

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:90

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  31. Esterases are often overexpressed in cancer cells and can have chiral specificities different from that of the corresponding normal tissues. For this reason, ester prodrugs could be a promising approach in che...

    Authors: Christopher A McGoldrick, Yu-Lin Jiang, Victor Paromov, Marianne Brannon, Koyamangalath Krishnan and William L Stone

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:77

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  32. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is one of the most dreaded cancers with very low survival rate and poor prognosis to the existing frontline chemotherapeutic drugs. Gene therapy in combination with a cytotoxic agent ...

    Authors: Jing Xu, Amit Singh and Mansoor M Amiji

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:75

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  33. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is defined by the absence of expression of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. Breast cancers with a BRCA1 mutation are a...

    Authors: Tidarat Nhukeaw, Pornvichai Temboot, Kanidtha Hansongnern and Adisorn Ratanaphan

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:73

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  34. Prognosis of adult patients suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is still unsatisfactory. Targeted therapy via inhibition of deregulated signaling pathways appears to be a promising therapeutic op...

    Authors: Christin Kretzschmar, Catrin Roolf, Tina-Susann Langhammer, Anett Sekora, Anahit Pews-Davtyan, Matthias Beller, Moritz J Frech, Christian Eisenlöffel, Arndt Rolfs and Christian Junghanss

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:71

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  35. Metformin is an approved drug prescribed for diabetes. Its role as an anti-cancer agent has drawn significant attention because of its minimal side effects and low cost. However, its mechanism of anti-tumour a...

    Authors: Ummuhan Demir, Andrea Koehler, Rainer Schneider, Susann Schweiger and Helmut Klocker

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:52

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  36. Combination therapy is key to improving cancer treatment efficacy. Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), a well-known PKC activator, increases the cytotoxicity of several anticancer drugs. Apicularen A induce...

    Authors: Kang-Sik Seo, Jong-Seok Kim, Ji-Hoon Park, Kyoung-Sub Song, Eun-Jin Yun, Jong-Il Park, Gi Ryang Kweon, Wan-Hee Yoon, Kyu Lim and Byung-Doo Hwang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:36

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  37. The targeted delivery of cancer therapeutics represents an ongoing challenge in the field of drug development. TRAIL is a promising cancer drug but its activity profile could benefit from a cancer-selective de...

    Authors: Gunjal Garg, Jesse Gibbs, Brian Belt, Matthew A Powell, David G Mutch, Peter Goedegebuure, Lynne Collins, David Piwnica-Worms, William G Hawkins and Dirk Spitzer

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:35

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  38. Although MYC is an attractive therapeutic target for breast cancer treatment, it has proven challenging to inhibit MYC directly, and clinically effective pharmaceutical agents targeting MYC are not yet availab...

    Authors: Jian Kang, C Marcelo Sergio, Robert L Sutherland and Elizabeth A Musgrove

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:32

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  39. Recent studies have shown that glucosamine inhibits the proliferation of various human cancer cell lines and downregulates the activity of COX-2, HIF-1α, p70S6K, and transglutaminase 2. Because the IGF-1R/Akt ...

    Authors: Ki-Hoon Song, Ju-Hee Kang, Jong-Kyu Woo, Jeong-Seok Nam, Hye-Young Min, Ho-Young Lee, Soo-Youl Kim and Seung-Hyun Oh

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:31

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  40. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is reported to be an effective therapeutic agent in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) through inducing apoptotic cell death. Buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), an oxidative stress pathway mo...

    Authors: Yukie Tanaka, Takayuki Komatsu, Hiroko Shigemi, Takahiro Yamauchi and Yutaka Fujii

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:27

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  41. Ceramide is a bioeffector that mediates various cellular processes, including apoptosis. However, the mechanism underlying ceramide function in apoptosis is apparently cell type-dependent and is not well-under...

    Authors: Amy V Paschall, Mary A Zimmerman, Christina M Torres, Dafeng Yang, May R Chen, Xia Li, Erhard Bieberich, Aiping Bai, Jacek Bielawski, Alicja Bielawska and Kebin Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:24

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  42. Despite aggressive treatment with radiation therapy and concurrent adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ), glioblastoma multiform (GBM) still has a dismal prognosis. We aimed to identify strategies to improve the therape...

    Authors: Eun Jung Choi, Bong Jun Cho, David J Lee, Yeo Hyeon Hwang, Sun Ha Chun, Hans H Kim and In Ah Kim

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:17

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  43. Melphalan resistance has been considered one of the major obstacles to improve outcomes in multiple myeloma (MM) therapy; unfortunately, the mechanistic details of this resistance remain unclear. Melphalan is ...

    Authors: Jiayin Xie, Liang Zhang, Mengxia Li, Jia Du, Liwei Zhou, Senlin Yang, Linli Zeng, Zengpeng Li, Ge Wang and Dong Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2014 14:11

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  44. Cortidis rhizoma (Huanglian) and its major therapeutic component, berberine, have drawn extensive attention in recent years for their anti-cancer properties. Growth inhibitory effects of berberine on multiple ty...

    Authors: Chi Man Tsang, Yuk Chun Cheung, Vivian Wai-Yan Lui, Yim Ling Yip, Guitao Zhang, Victor Weitao Lin, Kenneth Chat-Pan Cheung, Yibin Feng and Sai Wah Tsao

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2013 13:619

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  45. Chk1 inhibitors have emerged as promising anticancer therapeutic agents particularly when combined with antimetabolites such as gemcitabine, cytarabine or hydroxyurea. Here, we address the importance of approp...

    Authors: Ryan Montano, Ruth Thompson, Injae Chung, Huagang Hou, Nadeem Khan and Alan Eastman

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2013 13:604

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  46. Osteosarcoma is the most frequent primary malignant bone tumor, notorious for its lung metastasis. Shikonin, an effective constituent extracted from Chinese medicinal herb, was demonstrated to induce necroptos...

    Authors: Zeze Fu, Biyong Deng, Yuxin Liao, Liancheng Shan, Fei Yin, Zhuoying Wang, Hui Zeng, Dongqing Zuo, Yingqi Hua and Zhengdong Cai

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2013 13:580

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