Taking the Myc out of Cancer: Toward Therapeutic Strategies to Directly Inhibit c-Myc

Sarah Madden, Aline Dantas de Araujo, Mara Gerhardt, David Fairlie, Jody Mason

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c-Myc is a transcription factor that is constitutively and aberrantly expressed in over 70% of human cancers. Its direct inhibition has been shown to trigger rapid tumor regression in mice with only mild and fully reversible side effects, suggesting this to be a viable therapeutic strategy. Here we reassess the challenges of directly targeting c-Myc, evaluate lessons learned from current inhibitors, and explore how future strategies such as miniaturisation of Omomyc and targeting E-box binding could facilitate translation of c-Myc inhibitors into the clinic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
JournalMolecular Cancer
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2021


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  • Transcription
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  • Peptide
  • protein-protein interaction

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