Author(s): Carver LA, Schnitzer JE
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Abstract Caveolae exist at cell surfaces as caveolin-coated invaginations that perform transport and signalling functions influencing cell growth, apoptosis, angiogenesis and transvascular exchange. Caveolin could constitute a key switch in tumour development through its function as a tumour suppressor and as a promoter of metastasis, chemoresistance and survival. Targeting of drugs and gene vectors to tissue-specific proteins in caveolae allows selective delivery into vascular endothelial cells in vivo and might even improve direct access to solid-tumour cells. Therefore, caveolae seem to be rich in potential targets for cancer imaging and therapeutics.
This article was published in Nat Rev Cancer
and referenced in Journal of Biomolecular Research & Therapeutics