Mechanisms of multidrug resistance in cancer treatment.

  title={Mechanisms of multidrug resistance in cancer treatment.},
  author={A. L. Harris and Daniel Hochhauser},
  journal={Acta oncologica},
  volume={31 2},
Advanced breast cancer responds to a range of cytotoxic agents, but resistance always develops. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance may provide new therapeutic options. There are several major groups of resistance mechanisms. 1) The multidrug resistant phenotype. This is due to a membrane pump that can extrude a wide range of anticancer drugs--the P-glycoprotein. It is inhibited by a range of clinically used calcium channel blockers such as nifedipine and verapamil. Several other… CONTINUE READING


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