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Sphingomyelin synthase, lung cancer

A V Rozhkova, M V Zinovyeva, A V Sass, I B Zborovskaya, S A Limborska, L V Dergunova
The investigation of molecular mechanisms contributing to cancer progression is the burning problem ofcurrent research. Considerable attention has been given to the study of gene expression in cancer cells. Sphingomyelin synthase 1 gene (SGMS1) is one of the genes whose expression can be altered in cancer. SMS1 enzyme, encoded by this gene, catalyzes the synthesis of sphingomyelin and diacylglycerol from phosphatidylcholine and ceramide. SMS1 may maintain the balance between cell death and survival by regulating the formation of the pro-apoptotic mediator ceramide and anti-apoptotic mediator diacylglycerol...
May 2014: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
Jacques Robert
MS-209, a quinolone-derived sphingomyelin synthase inhibitor that blocks P-glycoprotein and multidrug resistance-associated protein-1, is under development by Schering for the potential treatment of multidrug resistant tumors. By March 2003, phase II trials in breast cancer and non-small-cell lung cancer had been initiated.
December 2004: Current Opinion in Investigational Drugs
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