Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer

Gastric & Breast Cancer e-journal
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2011.0185


Epigenomics-based novel anticancer therapies.

Ioannis Georgiou, PhD

Affiliation: (IG), from the Laboratory of Human Reproductive Genetics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Medical School, University of Ioannina, GR 451 10 Ioannina, Greece.

Genome sequence-based research efforts alone to treat cancer, particularly the complex solid tumor, have substantial limitations. Based on this more recent assessment and the fact that cancer development and metastasis are driven not only by the accumulation of inherited and somatic gene defects but also by epigenetic alterations, the field of epigenetics has recently attracted an explosion in biomedical and pharmaceutical research interest. Drugs that aim to restore epigenetic modifications such as DNA methylation and histone modifications have already been developed. Although these epigenetic modifications-based drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malignant hematologic disease, still no phase 3 trial has shown therapeutic benefit in patients with solid cancer. Here, the latest advances in epigenomics research are discussed with progress and limitations of epigenetic therapies as well as novel directions related to epigenetic mechanisms, chromatin states and cancer genome regulatory networks are reported.

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2011; 10(3): 200-206)

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