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Ceramide: Therapeutic Potential in Combination Therapy for Cancer Treatment

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Feifei Li and Na Zhang   Pages 37 - 51 ( 15 )

Abstract:


Combination therapy has become an important strategy for treating cancer in recent years. Ceramide, which is a powerful tumor suppressor, regulating the processes of cell proliferation, differentiation, senescence and apoptosis, has attracted tremendous attention in combination therapy for cancer treatment. It has been demonstrated that combination of chemotherapeutic drugs and ceramide led to a reversion of multidrug resistance (MDR), synergistic tumor inhibition while simultaneously reducing systemic toxicity in cancer treatment. In this review, we aim to reveal the interactions between some anticancer drugs and ceramide, and summarize the research progress in combination therapies based on ceramide. Synthesis, metabolism and anticancer mechanisms of ceramide were described. Furthermore, the advantages of combination of chemotherapeutic drugs and exogenous ceramide, ceramidegenerating agents or modulators of ceramide metabolism were highlighted. Future perspective and problems to solve before the extension of ceramide’s applications were also discussed. It is hoped that this review will provide new ideas for combination therapies in cancer treatment.

Keywords:

Cancer, cell apoptosis, ceramide, chemotherapeutic drug, combination therapy, multidrug resistance.

Affiliation:

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University, 44 Wen Hua Xi Road, Ji’nan, 250012, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China.



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