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Mol Nutr Food Res. 2009 Jan;53(1):29-48. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.200700470.

Targeting of cancer energy metabolism.

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  • 1Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología, Tlalpan, Mexico, Mexico.


The main purpose of this review is to update and analyze the effect of several antineoplastic drugs (adriamycin, apoptodilin, casiopeinas, cisplatin, clotrimazole, cyclophosphamide, ditercalinium, NSAIDs, tamoxifen, taxol, 6-mercaptopurine, and alpha-tocopheryl succinate) and energy metabolism inhibitors (2-DOG, gossypol, delocalized lipophilic cations, and uncouplers) on tumor development and progression. The possibility that these antineoplastic drugs currently used in in vitro cancer models, in chemo-therapy, or under study in phase I to III clinical trials induce tumor cellular death by altering also metabolite concentration (i.e., ATP), enzyme activities, and/or energy metabolism fluxes is assessed. It is proposed that the use of energy metabolic therapy, as an alternative or complementary strategy, might be a promising novel approach in the treatment of cancer.

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