Notch signaling in lung cancer. Journal Article

Authors: Galluzzo P; Bocchetta M; Galluzzo, Paola; Bocchetta, Maurizio
Article Title: Notch signaling in lung cancer.
Abstract: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the Western world. The lungs can be affected by a number of histologically diverse malignancies. Nonetheless, the vast majority of lung cancers are classified as non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Despite extensive research on different therapeutic regimens, the overall 5-year survival of patients diagnosed with NSCLC (all stages) is a dismal 15%. Although strongly correlated with tobacco smoke, there is an increasing NSCLC morbidity in individuals who have never smoked. The pattern of genetic lesions found in NSCLC derived from smokers and never-smokers appears to be different. This fact led to the hypothesis that different, still unidentified carcinogens are responsible for lung cancer onset in never-smokers. All the aforementioned considerations compel the scientific community to find novel therapeutic targets to fight such a deadly disease. In recent years critical pathways governing embryonic development have been increasingly linked to cancer. Here we will focus on the role of Notch signaling in lung cancer. Notch receptors' activity can be blocked through the use of different strategies, thus representing a promising alternative/complement to the arsenal of therapeutic strategies currently used to treat lung cancer.
Journal Title: Expert review of anticancer therapy
ISSN: 1744-8328; 1473-7140
Publisher: Unknown  
Date Published: 2011