Gene silencing delivery systems for the treatment of pancreatic cancer: Where and what to target next?

David Vetvicka, Ladislav Sivak, Chinmay M. Jogdeo, Raj Kumar, Rubayat Khan, Yu Hang, David Oupický

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Abstract

Despite intensive research efforts and development of numerous new anticancer drugs and treatment strategies over the past decades, there has been only very limited improvement in overall patient survival and in effective treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Current chemotherapy improves survival in terms of months and death rates in pancreatic cancer patients are almost equivalent to incidence rates. It is imperative to develop new therapeutic approaches. Among them, gene silencing shows promise of effectiveness in both tumor cells and stromal cells by inhibiting tumor-promoting genes. This review summarizes potential targets for gene silencing in both pancreatic cancer cells and abundant stromal cells focusing on non-viral delivery systems for small RNAs and discusses the potential immunological implications. The review concludes with the importance of multifactorial therapy of pancreatic cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-259
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Controlled Release
Volume331
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 10 2021

Keywords

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • RNA delivery
  • gene silencing
  • tumor stroma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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