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J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2010 Feb;332(2):336-44. doi: 10.1124/jpet.109.157735. Epub 2009 Nov 4.

Antitumorigenic effects of cannabinoids beyond apoptosis.

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  • 1Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany.

Abstract

According to the World Health Organization, the cases of death caused by cancer will have been doubled until the year 2030. By 2010, cancer is expected to be the number one cause of death. Therefore, it is necessary to explore novel approaches for the treatment of cancer. Over past years, the antitumorigenic effects of cannabinoids have emerged as an exciting field in cancer research. Apart from their proapoptotic and antiproliferative action, recent research has shown that cannabinoids may likewise affect tumor cell angiogenesis, migration, invasion, adhesion, and metastasization. This review will summarize the data concerning the influence of cannabinoids on these locomotive processes beyond modulation of cancer cell apoptosis and proliferation. The findings discussed here provide a new perspective on the antitumorigenic potential of cannabinoids.

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