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Targeting the ceramide system in cancer.
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PMID:  21862212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Sphingolipids, in particular ceramide, have been described as important components of cellular signalling pathways. Ceramide can be produced via multiple mechanisms including through the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin by acid and neutral sphingomyelinase or by a de novo synthesis pathway. Recent studies have identified sphingomyelinases and ceramide synthases as important targets for γ-irradiation and chemotherapeutic drugs. Likewise, common cancer treatment modalities, such as γ-irradiation and many chemotherapeutic agents, induce cell death via the generation of ceramide. This suggests that the manipulation of ceramide production and metabolism could offer promising a means for the enhancement of anti-tumor therapies. The focus of this mini-review will be to discuss contemporary evidence suggesting that ceramide forming pathways and ceramide itself are important targets for the treatment of tumors and the development of novel tumor treatment strategies.
Brian Henry; Christina Möller; Marie-Therese Dimanche-Boitrel; Erich Gulbins; Katrin Anne Becker
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7980     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
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Created Date:  2011-8-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600053     Medline TA:  Cancer Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Dept. of Molecular Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Hufelandstrasse 55, 45 122 Essen, Germany.
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