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Featured Article: New combinatorial strategies to improve the PARP inhibitors efficacy in the urothelial bladder Cancer treatment

Novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed for the treatment of metastatic Urothelial Bladder Cancer. DNA damaging repair (DDR) targeting has been introduced in clinical trials for bladder cancer patients that carry alterations in homologous DNA repair genes, letting to envisage susceptibility to the Poly (adenosine diphosphate [ADP]) ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors.

PARP inhibition, by amplifying the DNA damage, augments the mutational burden and promotes the immune priming of the tumor by increasing the neoantigen exposure and determining upregulation of programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. Thus, the combination of PARP-inhibition and the PD/PD-L1 targeting may represent a compelling strategy to treat bladder cancer and has been introduced in recent clinical trials. The targeting of DDR has been also used in combination with epigenetic drugs able to modulate the expression of genes involved in DDR, and also able to act as immunomodulator agents suggesting their use in combination with immune-checkpoint inhibitors.

It may be envisaged the combination of three classes of drugs to treat bladder cancer, by targeting the DDR process in a tumor context of DDR defect, together with epigenetic agents and immune-checkpoint inhibitors, whose association may amplify the effects and reduce the doses and the toxicity of each single drug.

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Mauro Castelli, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Italy

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Call for Papers: Hypoxia and Tumors

Hypoxia and Tumors © royaltystockphoto / FotoliaJournal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research is delighted to announce the launch of a new thematic series covering the hot topic of Hypoxia and Tumors.

The Special Issue will accept Research Articles and Reviews regarding the latest highlights on the role of hypoxia in all aspects of tumor progression, including therapy resistance and metastases. Submit here.

Submission opens: 1st December 2019
Submission deadline: 30th June 2020

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary partnership with BMC

JECCR 10 years​​​​​​​2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the partnership between the Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research and BMC.

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