Special Issue "Cholesterol Metabolism in Cancers and Therapeutic Innovations"

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marc Poirot
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Cholesterol Metabolism and Therapeutic Innovations Team, UMR 1037 INSERM-Toulouse University, Toulouse, France
Interests: oncometabolism; cholesterol; oxysterol; tumor promoter; tumor suppressor; breast cancer; medicinal chemistry; pre-clinical development
Dr. Sandrine Silvente-Poirot
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
Cholesterol Metabolism and Therapeutic Innovations Team, CRCT UMR1037 INSERM, Universite de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
Interests: metabolism; experimental oncology; nuclear receptors; exosomes; autophagy; oncoimmunology; novel therapies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

While the implication of cholesterol in the etiology of cancers is still a matter of debate, clear evidence that such a relationship exists came from molecular and animal studies. Importantly, several sterol metabolites were found to display tumor promoter properties, either when produced by the tumor microenvironment or by the tumor itself. Such metabolites include fatty acid esters of cholesterol, side chain oxysterols such as 22(R)-, 24(S)-, 25- or 27-hydroxycholesterol, and B-ring oxysterols such as 6-oxo-cholestan-3β,5α-diol.  In addition, metabolites with tumor suppressor properties, such as 5,6α-epoxy-cholesterol-3β-sulfate (5,6-ECS) or dendrogenin A, were also identified as showing an opposite implication of sterol metabolites in cancer and revealing the complex contribution of cholesterol metabolism in cancer. Indeed, the identification of metabolites, of their biosynthesis enzymes and their pharmacological targets revealed new targeted anticancer strategies to be explored.

Therefore, this Special Issue on cholesterol metabolism in cancer and therapeutic innovations will focus on strategies for improving cancer treatment efficacy in vitro or in vivo. Of particular interest will be manuscripts revealing the contribution of cholesterol metabolism dysregulation in oncogenesis. Manuscripts describing the pharmacological characterization of natural or synthetic drug candidates targeting sterol biosynthesis and metabolism directly or indirectly are encourage. This Special Issue will include original research, review articles, commentaries, and editorials discussing cholesterol metabolism deregulations and targeting in cancers. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the keywords listed below.

Dr. Marc Poirot
Dr. Sandrine Silvente-Poirot
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Biomedicines is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • oxysterol, oxyphytosterol, steroidal alkaloids, cholesterol biosynthesis, LDL, HDL, CD36, SRB1, cell proliferation, metastasis, antitumor immune response

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
Back to TopTop