A New Investigational Perspective for Purines Against Glioblastoma Invasiveness.


Giuliani P, Zuccarini M, Carluccio M, Ziberi S, Di Iorio P, Caciagli F, Ciccarelli R.

Curr Drug Targets. 2018



Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most common and lethal brain malignancy. Recent evidence suggests that the presence of stem-like cells (GSCs) inside the tumor with high self-renewal, resistance to chemotherapy and invasiveness/migration potential is associated with poor GBM prognosis. GSC aggressiveness seems to be linked to an important process involved in tumorigenesis and cancer metastasis called Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), which is responsible for several biochemical changes and the acquisition of a more mesenchymal phenotype by GSCs, that enhance their migration, invasiveness and resistance to apoptosis.


Since previous reports demonstrated that purines, interacting with their own receptors, exerted anti-tumor effects in GBM and derived cells, we tried to investigate the ability of these compounds to reduce tumor cell migration/invasion acting on EMT-associated genes/activators and/or signal pathways.


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Papers examining the activity of purines on EMT signaling pathways/markers in GSCs are still few whereas literature is more abundant as for other kinds of tumors.


Considering the significance of EMT in GBM aggressiveness and the promising involvement of purines in this process, we think that further research in this regard may open the way towards a new therapeutic approach for the control of GBM invasiveness/recurrence.

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