Drugs from Marine Sources: Modulation of TRAIL Induced Apoptosis in Cancer Cells

  • Farooqi, Ammad Ahmad (Laboratory for Translational Oncology and Personalized Medicine, Rashid Latif Medical College) ;
  • Attar, Rukset (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yeditepe University Hospital) ;
  • Gasparri, Maria Luisa (Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Published : 2014.11.06


There have been overwhelming advances in molecular oncology and data obtained through high-throughput technologies have started to shed light on wide ranging molecular mechanisms that underpin cancer progression. Increasingly it is being realized that marine micro-organisms and the biodiversity of plankton are rich sources of various anticancer compounds. Marine derived compounds play major roles in inducing apoptosis in cancer cells. More importantly, various agents have been noted to enhance TRAIL induced apoptosis in cancer cells by functionalizing intrinsic and extrinsic pathways. In this commentary, a list of marine derived compounds reported to induce apoptosis is discussed.


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