After years of limited progress in the treatment of neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs), an increasing number of therapeutic targets have recently emerged as potential tools to improve disease outcome. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signalling are implicated in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, neo-angiogenesis and tumour cell spread. Their combined blockade, in a simultaneous or sequential strategy, represents an intriguing biological rationale to overcome the onset of resistance mechanisms. However, is becoming increasingly imperative to find the optimal sequential strategy according to the best toxicity profile, and also to identify predictive biomarkers. We will provide an overview of the pre-clinical and clinical data relating to mTOR pathway/VEGF signalling as a potential targets of treatment in NENs.

Dual inhibition of mTOR pathway and VEGF signalling in neuroendocrine neoplasms: from bench to bedside

Cella, Chiara Alessandra;
2015

Abstract

After years of limited progress in the treatment of neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs), an increasing number of therapeutic targets have recently emerged as potential tools to improve disease outcome. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signalling are implicated in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, neo-angiogenesis and tumour cell spread. Their combined blockade, in a simultaneous or sequential strategy, represents an intriguing biological rationale to overcome the onset of resistance mechanisms. However, is becoming increasingly imperative to find the optimal sequential strategy according to the best toxicity profile, and also to identify predictive biomarkers. We will provide an overview of the pre-clinical and clinical data relating to mTOR pathway/VEGF signalling as a potential targets of treatment in NENs.
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