The chemokine receptor CXCR4 as a therapeutic target for several diseases.

@article{Tamamura2006TheCR,
  title={The chemokine receptor CXCR4 as a therapeutic target for several diseases.},
  author={Hirokazu Tamamura and Hiroshi Tsutsumi and Nobutaka Fujii},
  journal={Mini reviews in medicinal chemistry},
  year={2006},
  volume={6 9},
  pages={989-95}
}
CXCR4 is the receptor for a chemokine, CXCL12 (stromal cell-derived factor-1, SDF-1). The CXCL12-CXCR4 axis has been proven to be involved in several problematic diseases, including AIDS, cancer cell metastasis, leukemia cell progression and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Thus, CXCR4 is thought to be an important therapeutic target to overcome the above diseases. We have developed several specific CXCR4 antagonists. 

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