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Nat Rev Cancer. 2005 Jul;5(7):526-42.

The sweet and sour of cancer: glycans as novel therapeutic targets.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, 92093-0687, USA.


A growing body of evidence supports crucial roles for glycans at various pathophysiological steps of tumour progression. Glycans regulate tumour proliferation, invasion, haematogenous metastasis and angiogenesis, and increased understanding of these roles sets the stage for developing pharmaceutical agents that target these molecules. Such novel agents might be used alone or in combination with operative and/or chemoradiation strategies for treating cancer.

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