General Mechanisms of Resistance to Pharmacological Therapy Applied to Tumor Cells
Cancer Research Journal
Volume 6, Issue 3, September 2018, Pages: 101-105
Received: Jul. 27, 2018; Accepted: Aug. 9, 2018; Published: Sep. 6, 2018
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Fernández-Lázaro Diego, Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Physiotherapy, University of Valladolid, Soria, Spain
Fernández-Lázaro César Ignacio, Department of Cell Biology, Histology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Physiotherapy, University of Valladolid, Soria, Spain
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The management of cancer involves procedures, which include surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, whose are aimed at destroying tumor cells and preserving healthy tissues. Development of drug resistance is one of problems during the treatment of local and/or disseminated disease, also is one of the biggest problems in relapses of cancer. A plethora of cytotoxic drugs that selectively, but not exclusively, target actively proliferating cells include such diverse groups as DNA alkylating agents, antimetabolites, intercalating agents and mitotic inhibitors. Resistance constitutes a lack of response to drug-induced tumor growth inhibition. This article discusses the various mechanisms of acquired drug resistance that have been reported in the context of cancer drug therapies. The drug resistance may be inherent in a subpopulation of heterogeneous cancer cells or be acquired as a cellular response to drug exposure. Also, different mechanisms have been proposed that could explain tumor refractoriness due to resistance to anti-tumor drugs, some of them are: intrinsic resistance due to their genetic characteristics, acquisition of resistance mechanisms after exposure to a drug, mechanisms that alter transport of the drug. drug through the plasma membrane, DNA repair, alterations in target molecules, difficulty of the drug to access the target cells and growth factors. The knowledge of these mechanisms of resistance, could serve as a therapeutic strategy to control or delay the progression of the disease and therefore improve the quality of life of the patient.
Cancer, Chemotherapy, Pharmacological Resistance, Tumor Cell
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Fernández-Lázaro Diego, Fernández-Lázaro César Ignacio, General Mechanisms of Resistance to Pharmacological Therapy Applied to Tumor Cells, Cancer Research Journal. Vol. 6, No. 3, 2018, pp. 101-105. doi: 10.11648/j.crj.20180603.15
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