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Borsig, L (2010). Heparin as an inhibitor of cancer progression. Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science, 93:335-349.

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Heparin is frequently used for treatment of cancer-associated thromboembolism. Accumulating clinical evidence indicates that cancer patients treated with unfractionated and low-molecular weight heparin survives longer that patients treated by other anticoagulants, especially patients in the early stage of a disease. Experimental analysis from a number of animal models constantly provides evidence about the ability of heparin to attenuate metastasis. The non-anticoagulant activity of heparin on metastasis includes the ability to inhibit cell-cell-interaction through blocking of P- and L-selectin, to inhibit extracellular matrix protease-heparanase, and to inhibit angiogenesis. This chapter summarizes the current experimental evidence on the biology of heparin during cancer progression with the focus on potential mechanism of heparin antimetastatic activity.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:21 September 2010
Deposited On:21 Jan 2011 11:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:30
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S1877-1173(10)93014-7
PubMed ID:20807651

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