Journal article

Bim-targeted cancer therapy: A link between drug action and underlying molecular changes

Toru Akiyama, Crispin R Dass, Peter FM Choong

Molecular Cancer Therapeutics | AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH | Published : 2009

Abstract

In the past few years, the pro-apoptotic molecule Bim has attracted increasing attention as a plausible target for tumor therapy. A variety of normal and pathological systems regulated by Bim, dependent on cell type, apoptotic stimulation, and chemotherapeutic agents, have been documented. Bim promotes anoikis of many tumor cells, such as lung cancer, breast cancer, osteosarcoma, and melanoma. Various chemotherapeutic agents use Bim as a mediating executioner of cell death. Hence, Bim suppression supports metastasis and chemoresistance. Imatinib, gefitinib, bortezomib, and Bim protein itself are spotlighted as current and future Bim-targeting therapeutic agents. The potential benefits of Bim..

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