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Ann Pharm Fr. 2005 Jan;63(1):69-75.

[Involvement of PI3K/Akt pathway in prostate cancer. Potential strategies for developing targeted therapies].

[Article in French]

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Institut de chimie pharmaceutique Albert Lespagnol, 3, rue du Professeur Laguesse, BP 83, F59006 Lille Cedex, France.


Because of the unavailability of effective therapies to block or reverse the progression of androgen-independent prostate cancer, it seems obvious to target growth signaling pathways for which frequently recurring mutations have been identified. Acquired mutations of the PTEN gene have been reported in several tumor types, including up to 30% - 60% of prostate cancer tumors. This results in constitutive activation of the PI3K/Akt pathway which then represents a major target to prevent dysfunctions in cell growth, survival and motility. Our experience and, therefore, our own tools allow us to design new inhibitors of growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase, PDK-1 and farnesyltransferase activities. These original compounds could selectively switch off one or several steps of the multifunctional pathway and constitute lead compounds in the design of new classes of potent drugs.

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