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Polyamines and cancer: old molecules, new understanding.

  • Author(s): Gerner, Eugene W
  • Meyskens, Frank L
  • et al.

Published Web Location Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license

The amino-acid-derived polyamines have long been associated with cell growth and cancer, and specific oncogenes and tumour-suppressor genes regulate polyamine metabolism. Inhibition of polyamine synthesis has proven to be generally ineffective as an anticancer strategy in clinical trials, but it is a potent cancer chemoprevention strategy in preclinical studies. Clinical trials, with well-defined goals, are now underway to evaluate the chemopreventive efficacy of inhibitors of polyamine synthesis in a range of tissues.

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