Author(s): Naito M, Tsuruo T
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Abstract Drug resistance is a major problem in cancer chemotherapy. P-glycoprotein plays a major role in multidrug resistance in cancer cells. P-glycoprotein is expressed in some normal tissues and has physiological functions. These include protecting the brain against toxic substances at the blood-brain barrier site, excreting toxic substances from the liver, kidney, and gastrointestinal tracts, and transporting steroidal hormones in the adrenal grand. Once expressed in cancer cells. P-glycoprotein effluxes a variety of anticancer drugs, such as doxorubicin, vinca alkaloids, etoposide and taxol, and thereby allows cancer cells to show resistance to these drugs.
This article was published in Ther Drug Monit
and referenced in Journal of Pharmacovigilance