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Ann Hematol. 2015 Jan;94(1):1-12. doi: 10.1007/s00277-014-2236-4. Epub 2014 Nov 23.

HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors as adjuvant treatment for hematologic malignancies: what is the current evidence?

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Division of Hematology and Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Harvard School of Medicine, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215, USA,


Statins have been shown to possess properties that go beyond their lipid-lowering effects. These agents act on the mevalonate pathway and inhibit synthesis of cholesterol, geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate, and farnesyl pyrophosphate, which are necessary for posttranslational modification of the Rho, Rac, and Ras superfamily of proteins. Early phase studies have demonstrated that this modulation of cellular signaling can ultimately exert pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic, and immunomodulatory effects, and might even restore chemosensitivity in several hematologic cancers. Nonetheless, these promising preclinical results have not yet migrated from the bench to the bedside as their effectiveness as adjuvant agents in hematologic malignancies is currently uncertain. In the present review, we summarize the existing evidence stemming from preclinical and clinical studies pertaining to the use of statins as adjuvant therapies in hematologic malignancies, and discuss the new insights gained from the ongoing translational research.

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