Targeting extrinsic apoptosis in cancer: Challenges and opportunities.

Fulda S
Seminars in cell & developmental biology 2015

Abstract

Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death that plays a critical role in the regulation of various physiological and pathophysiological processes. Since apoptosis is typically disturbed in human cancers, therapeutic targeting of apoptosis represents a promising avenue for the development of novel therapeutic approaches. This strategy is particularly relevant, since many currently used anticancer therapies utilize apoptosis signaling pathways to exert their antitumor activities. A better understanding of these signaling networks and their deregulation in human cancers is anticipated to open new perspectives for the development of apoptosis-targeted therapies for the treatment of cancer.

Affiliation: Institute for Experimental Cancer Research in Pediatrics, Goethe-University, Komturstr. 3a, 60528 Frankfurt, Germany; German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), Heidelberg, Germany; German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany. Electronic address: simone.fulda@kgu.de.

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