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Nrf2 as a novel molecular target for chemoprevention

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Authors
Lee, Jeong-Sang; Surh, Young-Joon
Issue Date
2005-06
Citation
Cancer Letters, Vol.224 No.2, pp.171-184
Keywords
chemopreventionantioxidant-response element (ARE)/electrophile-response element (EpRE)nuclear transcription factor erythroid 2p45 (NF-E2)-related factor 2 (Nrf2)Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap 1)phase II detoxifying or antioxidant enzymes
Abstract
One of the rational and effective strategies for chemoprevention is the blockade of DNA damage caused by carcinogenic insult. This can be achieved either by reducing the formation of reactive carcinogenic species or stimulating their detoxification. A wide spectrum of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes catalyze both phase I (oxidation and reduction) and phase II biotransformation (conjugation) reactions involved in carcinogen activation and/or deactivation. Several antioxidant-response element (ARE)-regulated gene products such as glutathione S-transferase, NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1, UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, gamma-glutamate cysteine ligase, and hemeoxygenase-1 are known to mediate detoxification and/or to exert antioxidant functions thereby protecting cells from genotoxic damage. The transcription of ARE-driven genes is regulated, at least in part, by nuclear transcription factor erythroid 2p45 (NF-E2)-related factor 2 (Nrf2), which is sequestered in cytoplasm by Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1). Exposure of cells to ARE inducers results in the dissociation of Nrf2 from Keap1 and facilitates translocation of Nrf2 to the nucleus, where it heterodimerizes with small Maf protein, and binds to ARE, eventually resulting in the transcriptional regulation of target genes. The Nrf2-Keap1-ARE signaling pathway can be modulated by several upstream kinases including phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, protein kinase C, and mitogen-activated protein kinases. Selected Nrf2-Keap1-ARE activators, such as oltipraz, anethole dithiolethione, sulforaphane, 6-methylsulphinylhexyl isothiocyanate, curcumin, caffeic acid phenethyl ester, 4'-bromoflavone, etc. are potential chemopreventive agents. This mini-review will focus on a chemopreventive strategy directed towards protection of DNA and other important cellular molecules by inducing de novo synthesis of phase II detoxifying or antioxidant genes via the Nrf2-ARE core signaling pathway. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0304-3835
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/172735
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.canlet.2004.09.042
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