Special Issue "Cancer Drug Resistance"


A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Xiaolong He
Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
Website: http://www.uic.edu/pharmacy/depts/Biopharmaceutical_Sciences/our_people/faculty/he.php
E-Mail: xiaohe@uic.edu
Phone: +1 815 395 5929
Interests: multidrug resistance; ABC transporters; tumorigenesis; targeted therapy; alternative splicing; cancer stem cells; gene targeting; biomarkers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Drug resistance represents a major obstacle to the success of cancer treatments. Drug resistance occurs not only with classical chemotherapeutics, but also with more recent, molecularly-targeted therapies. A variety of molecular mechanisms have been implicated in the development of resistance; these mechanisms include increased drug efflux, altered drug metabolism, mutated or amplified drug targets, enhanced compensatory signaling pathways, etc.

Modern technologies in genomics, proteomics, and epigenomics have made it possible to dissect the molecular changes underlying drug resistance in an unprecedentedly detailed and comprehensive manner. The current challenge is to identify clinically meaningful biomarkers from these “-omics” studies so as to predict individual patients' responses to particular drugs and devise drug combinations to overcome or prevent potential resistance. This Special Issue is devoted to publishing original research reports and review articles that concern drug resistance in cancer treatment. The topics can be, but are not limited to the following:

  • High-throughput analysis of drug-sensitive and resistant human tumors
  • Epigenetic changes in drug-resistant cancer cells
  • microRNAs in the development of cancer drug resistance
  • Biomarkers for prediction of drug response
  • ABC transporters in drug resistance
  • Tumor heterogeneity and drug resistance
  • Treatment of resistant cancer cells

Dr. Xiaolong He
Guest Editor


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  • cancer drug resistance
  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • biomarkers
  • microarray
  • microRNA
  • ABC transporters
  • high-throughput analysis

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p. 1769-1792
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Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1769-1792; doi:10.3390/cancers6031769
Received: 15 July 2014; in revised form: 25 August 2014 / Accepted: 29 August 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
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p. 1753-1768
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Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1753-1768; doi:10.3390/cancers6031753
Received: 21 February 2014; in revised form: 8 August 2014 / Accepted: 11 August 2014 / Published: 29 August 2014
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