Thesis / Dissertation

Novel therapeutic approaches to paediatric cancer

Paul James Wood, Grant McArthur (ed.)

Published : 2019


The overall cure rates for paediatric cancer have improved dramatically over the last 60 years. There is, however, a subset of paediatric embryonal tumours that carry a poor prognosis. In particular, metastatic neuroblastoma, in association with MYCN amplification, remains difficult to cure. The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Protein Kinase B (AKT)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) cell signalling pathway, as well as epigenetic factors, play a key role in numerous cellular functions including cell growth, survival and angiogenesis. Activation of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is common in a variety of tumours including those associated with the MYC family of proto-oncogenes. As a res..

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