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Title: Cyclic AMP modulation and its effects on chemo-resistant colon cancer cell proliferation and survival
Author: McEwan, David G.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3624 0098
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2008
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One of the major problems associated with colorectal cancer is resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents. New strategies are therefore required to inhibit colon cancer proliferation and survival. Here I use modulators of cAMP pathways, including inhibitors of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) enzymes, which are under clinical development for other disease states, to inhibit the breakdown of cAMP and to assess the effects of raising intracellular cAMP on colon cancer proliferation and survival. I found that some chemo-resistant cancer cells are addicted to keeping low cAMP in PDE4 regulated compartments, and modulation of this pool causes G1/S-phase arrest and apoptosis. I also show that PDE4 controlled cAMP negatively regulates the PI 3-Kinase/Akt pathway, which some cells are addicted to for survival. Furthermore, I investigated the expression and role of PDE4 enzymes in metastatic colon cancer cells and assessed the effects of modulating their expression on survival. Also, I used a clinically relevant analogue of forskolin, an agonist of adenylyl cyclase, to examine the general effect on growth of epithelial cancer cell lines. This work might provide new strategies for the treatment of advanced colon cancer.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)