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Cancers 2011, 3(2), 2462-2477; doi:10.3390/cancers3022462
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Roles of StearoylCoA Desaturase-1 in the Regulation of Cancer Cell Growth, Survival and Tumorigenesis

Received: 21 March 2011; in revised form: 27 April 2011 / Accepted: 11 May 2011 / Published: 20 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cell Death and Cancer)
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Abstract: The development and maintenance of defining features of cancer, such as unremitting cell proliferation, evasion of programmed cell death, and the capacity for colonizing local tissues and distant organs, demand a massive production of structural, signaling and energy-storing lipid biomolecules of appropriate fatty acid composition. Due to constitutive activation of fatty acid biosynthesis, cancer cell lipids are enriched with saturated (SFA) and, in particular, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), which are generated by StearoylCoA desaturase-1, the main enzyme that transforms SFA into MUFA. An increasing number of experimental and epidemiological studies suggest that high levels of SCD1 activity is a major factor in establishing the biochemical and metabolic perturbations that favors the oncogenic process. This review examines evidence that suggests the critical implication of SCD1 in the modulation of multiple biological mechanisms, specifically lipid biosynthesis and proliferation and survival signaling pathways that contribute to the development and progression of cancer.
Keywords: fatty acid synthesis and desaturation; cancer; cell cycle; apoptosis; lipogenesis; Akt signaling; AMPK; cancer therapeutics fatty acid synthesis and desaturation; cancer; cell cycle; apoptosis; lipogenesis; Akt signaling; AMPK; cancer therapeutics
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Igal, R.A. Roles of StearoylCoA Desaturase-1 in the Regulation of Cancer Cell Growth, Survival and Tumorigenesis. Cancers 2011, 3, 2462-2477.

AMA Style

Igal RA. Roles of StearoylCoA Desaturase-1 in the Regulation of Cancer Cell Growth, Survival and Tumorigenesis. Cancers. 2011; 3(2):2462-2477.

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Igal, R. Ariel. 2011. "Roles of StearoylCoA Desaturase-1 in the Regulation of Cancer Cell Growth, Survival and Tumorigenesis." Cancers 3, no. 2: 2462-2477.


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