Journal article

The Role of Glucose Transporters in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Heinrich Botha, Camile S Farah, Kendrick Koo, Nicola Cirillo, Michael McCullough, Rita Paolini, Antonio Celentano

BIOMOLECULES | MDPI | Published : 2021


Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a prevalent malignancy associated with a poor prognosis. The Warburg effect can be observed in OSCCs, with tumours requiring a robust glucose supply. Glucose transporters (GLUTs) and sodium-glucose co-transporters (SGLTs) are overexpressed in multiple malignancies, and are correlated with treatment resistance, clinical factors, and poor overall survival (OS). We conducted a systematic review to evaluate the differences in GLUT/SGLT expression between OSCC and normal oral keratinocytes (NOK), as well as their role in the pathophysiology and prognosis of OSCC. A total of 85 studies were included after screening 781 papers. GLUT-1 is regularly expressed in..

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