alexa Cysteine cathepsins (proteases)--on the main stage of cancer?
Oncology

Oncology

Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis

Author(s): Turk V, Kos J, Turk B

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Abstract Cysteine cathepsins are involved in degradation of extracellular matrix, facilitating growth, invasion, and metastasis of tumor cells, in tumor angiogenesis, in apoptosis, and in events of inflammatory and immune responses. In this issue of Cancer Cell, demonstrate association of increased cathepsins activity with angiogenic vasculature and invasive fronts of carcinomas during tumorigenesis in transgenic mouse models using activity-based chemical probes and in vivo imaging. Moreover, this study shows that a broad-spectrum cysteine cathepsin inhibitor effectively blocks several stages of tumorigenesis in the RIP1-Tag2 transgenic mouse model, offering new therapeutic opportunities in cancer treatment.
This article was published in Cancer Cell and referenced in Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis

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