Skip to main content

HSP90 Inhibitors: Multi-Targeted Antitumor Effects and Novel Combinatorial Therapeutic Approaches in Cancer Therapy

Buy Article:

$63.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


With the rapid rise of tumor resistance, combinatorial anticancer therapies have gained favor over singlemolecule inhibition to maximize the suppression of oncogenic pathways. In this regard, HSP90 inhibitors have rapidly emerged as a class of promising drugs that can target multiple oncogenic pathways simultaneously. HSP90 is a highly conserved protein chaperone involved in essential cellular functions such as protein folding and cell signaling in both stressed and unstressed cells. In the last decade, a large number of oncogenic client proteins have been identified to associate with HSP90 and contribute to malignant transformation. Development of HSP90 inhibitors, derived from the natural compound geldanamycin that mimics the ATP binding site of HSP90, was designed to target HSP90 and allow degradation of these client proteins. Preclinical and clinical data with HSP90 inhibitors in various cancer models are promising, and evidences also hint at the potential for tumor-selective cytotoxicity as well as enhanced sensitization to chemo- and radiotherapy. This review will discuss the effects of HSP90 inhibition in cancer, the known mechanistic basis for the oncogenic toxicity and selectivity, as well as the current progress on single or combinatorial therapies with HSP90 inhibitors.

Keywords: HSP90; cancer therapy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Radiation Oncology, Vanderbilt University, 1301 22nd Avenue South, B-902 The Vanderbilt Clinic, Nashville, Tennessee 37232-5671, USA.

Publication date: August 1, 2009

More about this publication?
  • Current Medicinal Chemistry covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug design. Each issue contains a series of timely in-depth reviews written by leaders in the field covering a range of the current topics in medicinal chemistry. Current Medicinal Chemistry is an essential journal for every medicinal chemist who wishes to be kept informed and up-to-date with the latest and most important developments.

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more