Nuclear Receptors as Potential Pharmacological Targets for Colorectal Cancer Therapy via Regulating Wnt/β-catenin Signaling

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Tianhui Hu Jihuan Hou Xiaolin Xu Yanyan Zhan


Hyperactivation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway due to mutations in its components initiates the majority of colorectal cancer (CRC) cases and promotes CRC development. Unphosphorylated β-catenin accumulates in the nuclear and interacts with TCF/LEF factors to stimulate the transcription of the downstream target genes of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Therefore, the suppression of dysregulated Wnt/β-catenin signaling is considered as a promising strategy for CRC therapy. In the past decade, accumulating evidence revealed that nuclear receptors (NRs) modulated Wnt/β-catenin signaling activity via binding to diverse members of this pathway. In this review, we mainly focus on the regulation and the underlying mechanisms of Wnt/β-catenin signaling by NRs and their ligands or pharmacological modulators. Their potential in the precise treatment and individualized therapy for colorectal cancer is also discussed.

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HU, Tianhui et al. Nuclear Receptors as Potential Pharmacological Targets for Colorectal Cancer Therapy via Regulating Wnt/β-catenin Signaling. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 7, nov. 2016. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2018.
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