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01.12.2018 | Review | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 1/2018

Role of metabolism in cancer cell radioresistance and radiosensitization methods

Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research > Ausgabe 1/2018
Le Tang, Fang Wei, Yingfen Wu, Yi He, Lei Shi, Fang Xiong, Zhaojian Gong, Can Guo, Xiayu Li, Hao Deng, Ke Cao, Ming Zhou, Bo Xiang, Xiaoling Li, Yong Li, Guiyuan Li, Wei Xiong, Zhaoyang Zeng



Radioresistance is a major factor leading to the failure of radiotherapy and poor prognosis in tumor patients. Following the application of radiotherapy, the activity of various metabolic pathways considerably changes, which may result in the development of resistance to radiation.

Main body

Here, we discussed the relationships between radioresistance and mitochondrial and glucose metabolic pathways, aiming to elucidate the interplay between the tumor cell metabolism and radiotherapy resistance. In this review, we additionally summarized the potential therapeutic targets in the metabolic pathways.

Short conclusion

The aim of this review was to provide a theoretical basis and relevant references, which may lead to the improvement of the sensitivity of radiotherapy and prolong the survival of cancer patients.
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