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Anticancer Therapeutics



Anticancer Therapeutics

Sotiris Missailidis

ISBN: 978-0-470-69703-0 October 2008 424 Pages

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Written by the winner of the 2008 Mike Price Fellowship

"This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the wealth of information now available in this important and fast-moving subject." Anticancer Research, November - December 2008

This book provides a clear introduction to the area, with an overview of the various drug design and development approaches for cancer therapeutics and their progress in today’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment.

Clearly structured throughout, the book not only provides information on currently used molecular treatment approaches, but also describes the various agents that are currently at various stages of development and clinical trials, thus making them the drugs of tomorrow.

The book goes on to present current therapeutic regimes including their indications and side effects, as well as their position in the international market in terms of sales and development costs. Furthermore, coverage of our advancement in the understanding of cancer biology and how this has driven the drug discovery process is clearly discussed. Modern drug discovery aspects, through genomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches are referred to as well as combinatorial chemistry techniques and discovery of chemotherapeutic agents from plant extracts, re-use of old drugs and drugs from other indications, or de novo rational drug design.

Including contributions from leading experts in the field, this book provides the reader with a complete overview of the various types of therapeutic agents, current and emerging, as well as other aspects associated with anticancer therapy, drug design, resistance and clinical trials in oncology.




1. Exploring the potential of natural products in cancer treatment (Fotini N. Lamari and Paul Cordopatis).

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Sources.

1.3 Different approaches to the search for bioactive natural products.

1.4 Methodologies of lead compound or new drug identification.

1.5 Chemoprevention - a new area for natural product research.

1.6 Concluding remarks.

2. Combinatorial approach to anticancer drug design (Sotiris Missailidis).

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Combinatorial approaches for small molecule drug design.

2.3 Display technologies.

2.4 Aptamer selection.

2.5 Conclusions.

3. Rational approaches to anticancer drug design/in silico drug development (Stefano Alcaro, Anna Artese and Francesco Ortuso).

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Approaches to the drug discovery process in anticancer research.

3.3 Ligand-based examples.

3.4 Structure-based examples .

3.5 Conclusions.


4. Introduction (Teni Boulikas).

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Problems in cancer .

4.3 Cancer treatments .

4.4 Classification of chemotherapy drugs .

5. Platinum drugs (Teni Boulikas, Alexandros Pantos, Evagelos Bellis and Petros Christofis).

5.1 Cisplatin.

5.2 Lipoplatin.

5.3 Carboplatin.

5.4 Oxaliplatin.

5.5 Lipoxal.

5.6 New platinum compounds.

5.7 Cisplatin resistance and chemotherapy.

6. Antimicrotubule agents (Iain Brown, Jay N Sangrithi-Wallace and Andrew C Schofield).

6.1 Taxanes.

6.2 Vinca alkaloids.

6.3 Conclusions.

7. Antimetabolites in cancer therapy (Jessica Scaiffe and David Kerr).

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Folate antagonists.

7.3 Pyrimidine antagonists.

7.4 Purine antagonists.

7.5 Summary.

8. Antitumour antibiotics (Manuel M. Paz).

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Actinomycin .

8.3 Mitomycin C.

8.4 Bleomycin.

8.5 Anthracyclines .

8.6 Trabectedin (ecteinascidin, ET-743).

8.7. Camptothecins.

8.8 Podophyllotoxins .

9. Alkylating agents (Ana Paula Francisco, Maria de Jesus Perry, Eduarda Mendes and Rui Moreira).

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Nitrogen mustards.

9.3 Methylmelamines and ethylenimines.

9.4 Methylhydrazine derivatives.

9.5 Alkylsulfonates.

9.6 Nitrosoureas.

9.7 Triazenes.

10. Hormone therapies (George C. Zografos, Nikolaos V. Michalopoulos and Flora Zagouri).

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Oestrogen receptor targeted therapeutics.

10.3 Progesterone targeted therapy.

10.4 Neuroendocrine tumours .

11. Photodynamic therapy of cancer (K. Eszter Borbas and Dorothée Lahaye).

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Photosensitizers.

11.3 Outlook.

11.4 Acknowledgement.

12. Target-directed drug discovery (Tracey Bradshaw).

12.1 Introduction .

12.2 Tyrosine kinases - role and significance in cancer.

12.3 Targeted therapy for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

12.4 Targeted therapy for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia.

12.5 Targeted therapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

12.6 Angiogenesis.

12.7 Targeting cell cycling.

12.8 Targeting apoptosis.

12.9 Targeting mTOR.

12.10 The future of molecularly targeted therapy.

13. Tumour hypoxia: a malignant mediator (Jill L. O’Donnell, Aoife M. Shannon, David Bouchier-Hayes).

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Hypoxia inducible factor-1 and hypoxia.

13.3 HIF-1? post-translational changes.

13.4 How genetics can modify HIF.

13.5 How tumours overcome hypoxia with HIF-1.

13.6 HIF-1 therapeutics.

13.7 Conclusion.

14. Resistance to chemotherapy drugs (Robert O?Connor and Laura Breen).

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 What are the factors limiting the efficacy of cancer chemotherapy treatment?.

14.3 A classification of the important chemotherapy resistance mechanisms.

14.4 Illustrative mechanisms of pharmacokinetic resistance .

14.5 Illustrative mechanisms of pharmacodynamic resistance.

14.6 Conclusion.

15. Cancer immunotherapy (Maria Belimezi).

15.1 The molecular basis of cancer immunotherapy and gene immunotherapy of cancer.

15.2 Recombinant monoclonal antibodies.

15.3 Gene immunotherapy.

15.4 Cancer vaccines.

15.5. Adoptive cellular therapy.

16. Gene therapy (Maria Belimezi, Teni Boulikas and Michael L. Roberts).

16.1 The concept of gene therapy.

16.2 Steps for successful gene therapy.

16.3 Retroviruses in cancer gene therapy.

16.4 Adenoviruses in cancer gene therapy .

16.5 Gene therapy of cancer.

16.6 Cancer immunotherapy with cytokine genes.

16.7 IL-12 in cancer immunotherapy.

16.8 Gene therapy using liposomal genes.

16.9. Viruses able to kill cancer cells .

17. Antisense agents (Huma Khan and Sotiris Missailidis).

17.1 Introduction.

17.2 Traditional antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs).

17.3 Ribozymes and DNAzymes .

17.4 RNA interference and siRNAs.

17.5 Shortcomings of antisense therapeutics.

17.6 Antisense agents in clinical trials.

17.7 Concluding remarks.

18. Aptamers as anticancer agents (Vaidehi Makwana, Suzanne Simmons and Sotiris Missailidis).

18.1 Introduction.

18.2 Aptamers in cancer.

18.3 Final comments.


19. Treatment of cancer in conjunction with other agents (Gary Robert Smith).

19.1 Introduction.

19.2 Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs .

19.3 Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockade.

19.4 Partners in crime - dealing with co-infections.

19.5 Discussion.

20. Clinical trials in oncology (Tim Friede, Janet Dunn and Nigel Stallard).

20.1 Clinical trials.

20.2 Early phase (phase I and phase II) clinical trials in oncology.

20.3 Confirmatory (phase III) trials in oncology.

20.4 Further issues in clinical trials in oncology.

21. Representative cancers, treatment and market (Teni Boulikas).

21.1 Lung cancer.

21.2 Breast cancer.

21.3 Prostate cancer.

21.4 Colorectal cancer.

21.5 Ovarian cancer.

21.6 Pancreatic cancer.

21.7 Gastric cancer.

21.8 Combination chemotherapy.

21.9 The pharmaceutical world of anticancer drugs.

22. Conclusions and prospects (Sotiris Missailidis).

22.1 Cancer prevention.

22.2 Personalized medicines.

22.3 Delivery systems.

22.4 Closing remarks.

“This book is very well conceived and well presented.” (Doody's Reviews, June 2009)

"This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the wealth of information now available in this important and fast-moving subject." (Anticancer Research, November - December 2008)

  • Includes information on the emerging therapeutics currently in various stages of clinical trials including chemical and crystal structures.
  • Multidisciplinary approach to the subject with discussion of development of resistance, design of new drugs and overview of their pharmacological properties in conjunction with current and emerging therapeutics.
  • Clear presentation of different groups of molecular cancer therapy in a single volume to enable comparison of the current with the developmental.
  • Includes contributions from both academic and industrial researchers in the field to ensure a broad and balanced overview of the subject.
  • Includes contributions from those currently working in drug development in association with the pharmaceutical industry and biotech spin-off companies.
  • A unique approach to the subject- existing texts in the fields focus either on the anticancer drug development process or the pharmacology, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic studies of anticancer drugs.
  • Modern drug discovery aspects are discussed, through genomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches.
  • Examines both Chemical and Biological agents.
  • Clearly structured throughout including coverage of different classes of anticancer therapeutics, a description of the target (or target class) and the characteristics that make such targets appropriate for the development of anticancer agents.

From AQ:

  • The book provides a comprehensive list of anticancer therapeutic categories
  • It includes both small molecule chemotherapy and biological therapies
  • It provides structures of molecules included
  • It gives information on uses, side effects, resistance etc. on drug categories included
  • It includes both established molecules and molecules currently in clinical trials that would be the Anticancer Therapeutics in the years to come
  • It is written by international authorities in their particular drug categories
  • It provides information on drug design, clinical trials and pharmaceutical market