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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(6), 984;

ROS and Brain Gliomas: An Overview of Potential and Innovative Therapeutic Strategies

Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy
Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, Neurosurgical Clinic, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy
Department of Human Pathology, University of Messina, 98125 Messina, Italy
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Academic Editor: Sanjay K. Srivastava
Received: 24 March 2016 / Revised: 26 April 2016 / Accepted: 14 June 2016 / Published: 22 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics)
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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) represent reactive products belonging to the partial reduction of oxygen. It has been reported that ROS are involved in different signaling pathways to control cellular stability. Under normal conditions, the correct function of redox systems leads to the prevention of cell oxidative damage. When ROS exceed the antioxidant defense system, cellular stress occurs. The cellular redox impairment is strictly related to tumorigenesis. Tumor cells, through the generation of hydrogen peroxide, tend to the alteration of cell cycle phases and, finally to cancer progression. In adults, the most common form of primary malignant brain tumors is represented by gliomas. The gliomagenesis is characterized by numerous molecular processes all characterized by an altered production of growth factor receptors. The difficulty to treat brain cancer depends on several biological mechanisms such as failure of drug delivery through the blood-brain barrier, tumor response to chemotherapy, and intrinsic resistance of tumor cells. Understanding the mechanisms of ROS action could allow the formulation of new therapeutic protocols to treat brain gliomas. View Full-Text
Keywords: reactive oxygen species (ROS); glioma; tumor growth; therapeutic strategy; blood-brain barrier reactive oxygen species (ROS); glioma; tumor growth; therapeutic strategy; blood-brain barrier

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Rinaldi, M.; Caffo, M.; Minutoli, L.; Marini, H.; Abbritti, R.V.; Squadrito, F.; Trichilo, V.; Valenti, A.; Barresi, V.; Altavilla, D.; Passalacqua, M.; Caruso, G. ROS and Brain Gliomas: An Overview of Potential and Innovative Therapeutic Strategies. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 984.

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