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SIRT6, FOXO4, HIF3А: Unlocking key metabolic regulators in cancer cells

Pantelis Dimaras, Oskan Tasinov, Desislava Ivanova, Yoana Kiselova-Kaneva, Diana Ivanova


In recent years, there is an expanding interest in understanding metabolic regulation in cancer cells. Since cancer cells are characterized by accelerated rate of proliferation, their metabolic demands are increased. The latter forces cancer cells to facilitate metabolic pathways, which are not normally present in healthy cells. In order to achieve this, cancer cells use the regulatory machinery of these pathways to survive and acquire resistance against defense mechanism of molecular or cellular origin. In this review, we focus on three regulatory genes SIRT6, FOXO4, HIF3A, which orchestrate basic metabolic pathways, such as energy metabolism, and regulate proliferation. Their expression is altered in conjunction to cancer type and stage. In this way, they can act as oncogenes or tumor suppressors. 


cancer metabolism; SIRT6; FOXO4; HIF3A

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About The Authors

Pantelis Dimaras
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics, Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov”, 84B“Tzar Osvoboditel”Blvd., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria

Oskan Tasinov
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics, Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov”, 84B“Tzar Osvoboditel”Blvd., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria

Desislava Ivanova
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics, Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov”, 84B“Tzar Osvoboditel”Blvd., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria

Yoana Kiselova-Kaneva
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics, Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov”, 84B“Tzar Osvoboditel”Blvd., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria

Diana Ivanova
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine and Nutrigenomics, Medical University “Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov”, 84B“Tzar Osvoboditel”Blvd., 9002 Varna, Bulgaria

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