Effective Targeting of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) for Treating Oral Cancer: A Promising Approach

Effective Targeting of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) for Treating Oral Cancer: A Promising Approach

Author Ribeiro, Flavia Andressa Pidone Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Noguti, Juliana Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Oshima, Celina Tizuko Fujiyama Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ribeiro, Daniel Araki Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Oral cancer is a serious problem growing in incidence in many parts of the world; it is considered the sixth most common cancer and despite sophisticated surgical and radiotherapeutic modalities, oral squamous cell carcinoma, which represents 90% of oral cancers, is characterized by poor prognosis and a low survival rate. The Epidermal growth factor receptor family of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) comprises of four distinct receptors: the EGFR (also known as ErbB-1/HER1), ErbB-2 (neu, HER2), ErbB-3 (HER3) and ErbB-4 (HER4). Several studies have been published on the role of EGFR in the pathogenesis of oral carcinoma. The aim of the present review is to describe the role of EGFR pathway in oral cancer with special focus on its role during the carcinogenesis process as a result of therapeutic approaches of EGFR in oral cancer. The EGFR is a 170-kDa cell-surface protein involved in many biological processes, such as proliferation, migration, DNA synthesis and adhesion. Overexpression of EGFR results in a poor prognosis in oral cancer and its activation is associated with the malignant phenotype, inhibition of apoptosis and increased metastatic potential. EGFR variations and mutations have been correlated with tumor formation, and possibly alter the therapeutic efficacy of EGFR inhibitors.
Keywords Epidermal growth factor receptor
oral cancer
Language English
Sponsor Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2014-04-01
Published in Anticancer Research. Athens: Int Inst Anticancer Research, v. 34, n. 4, p. 1547-1552, 2014.
ISSN 0250-7005 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Int Inst Anticancer Research
Extent 1547-1552
Origin http://ar.iiarjournals.org/content/34/4/1547.long
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Review
Web of Science ID WOS:000334089200009
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/42601

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