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J Cancer. 2019 Mar 3;10(7):1622-1632. doi: 10.7150/jca.27780. eCollection 2019.

The Prospective Value of Dopamine Receptors on Bio-Behavior of Tumor.

Wang X1,2, Wang ZB1,2, Luo C1,2,3, Mao XY1,2, Li X1,2, Yin JY1,2, Zhang W1,2,4, Zhou HH1,2,4, Liu ZQ1,2,4.

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Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, P. R. China.
Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Central South University, Hunan Key Laboratory of Pharmacogenetics, Changsha 410078, P. R. China.
School of Life Sciences, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410078.
National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, P. R. China.


Dopamine receptors are belong to the family of G protein-coupled receptor. There are five types of dopamine receptor (DR), including DRD1, DRD2, DRD3, DRD4, and DRD5, which are divided into two major groups: the D1-like receptors (DRD1 and DRD5), and the D2-like receptors (DRD2, DRD3, and DRD4). Dopamine receptors are involved in all of the physiological functions of dopamine, including the autonomic movement, emotion, hormonal regulation, dopamine-induced immune effects, and tumor behavior, and so on. Increasing evidence shows that dopamine receptors are associated with the regulation of tumor behavior, such as tumor cell death, proliferation, invasion, and migration. Recently, some studies showed that dopamine receptors could regulate several ways of death of the tumor cell, including apoptosis, autophagy-induced death, and ferroptosis, which cannot only directly affect tumor behavior, but also limit tumor progress via activating tumor immunity. In this review, we focus mainly on the function of the dopamine receptor on Bio-behavior of tumor as a potential therapeutic target.


autophagy; dopamine receptor; ferroptosis; tumor immunity

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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