Small molecule inhibitors in veterinary oncology practice.

London CA
Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 44 893-908 09/01/2014

Abstract

Recent advances in molecular biology have permitted the identification and characterization of specific abnormalities regarding cell signaling and function in cancer cells. Proteins that are found to be dysregulated in cancer cells can serve as relevant targets for therapeutic intervention. Although there are several approaches to block proteins that contribute to cellular dysfunction, the one most commonly used involves a class of therapeutics called small molecule inhibitors. Such inhibitors work by disrupting critical pathways/processes in cancer cells, thereby preventing their ability to grow and survive.

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