Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a tobacco-related malignancy that usually presents in an extensive and therefore incurable stage. Although initially sensitive to platinum agent-based therapy, SCLC rapidly becomes refractory to chemotherapy, leading to disease recurrence and ultimately patient death. Treatment options following failure of first-line platinum agent-based therapy are limited. Small-cell lung cancer is characterized by molecular aberrancies such as overexpression of the antiapoptotic protein Bcl-2, which is regulated in part by the inhibitory IkappaB, a target of the ubiquitin-proteasome degradative pathway. Bortezomib is a proteasome inhibitor that can decrease Bcl-2 expression through diminished IkappaB degradation. Efforts to promote apoptosis in SCLC through the integration of bortezomib into therapy are under way.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Clinical lung cancer.|
|Volume||7 Suppl 2|
|State||Published - Oct 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine