Molecular mechanisms of drug resistance of glioblastoma part 1: ABC family proteins and inhibitors

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The most common high-grade brain tumor in the adult population is glioblastoma. The life expectancy of patients with this tumor does not exceed 12-15 months, while relapses are observed in 100% of cases. One of the main reasons for the low efficiency of glioblastoma therapy is its multidrug resistance. In the development of the latter, transporter proteins of the ABC family play a key role. In this part, the emphasis is on the search for new molecular targets among growth factors, their receptors, signal transduction kinases, microRNAs, transcription factors, protooncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes involved in the regulation of proteins and genes of the ABC family and associated with the development of multidrug resistance in glioblastoma cells. The review also discusses the mechanisms of the cytotoxic action of inhibitors: ABC family proteins, tyrosine kinase receptors, non-receptor tyrosine kinases, vascular endothelial growth factor, kinases of signaling cascades, transcription factors, histone deacetylases, methyltransferases, replication and synthesis of DNA, microtubules and proteasome used in glioblastoma therapy or undergoing clinical trials.

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Alexander N. Chernov

Institute of Experimental Medicine

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ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2464-7370
Scopus Author ID: 26649406700

Research Associate, Department of General Pathology and Pathological Physiology

Russian Federation, 12, Academician Pavlov Str., Saint Petersburg, 197376

Olga V. Shamova

Institute of Experimental Medicine; Saint Petersburg State University

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5168-2801
Scopus Author ID: 6603643804
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Dr. Sci. (Biol.), Associate Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Department of General Pathology and Pathological Physiology

Russian Federation, 12, Academician Pavlov Str., Saint Petersburg, 197376; Saint Petersburg


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