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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-38

The role of reactive oxygen species in screening anticancer agents

1 Department of Health Products Cosmetics and Medical Instrument, Lanzhou Institutes for Food and Drug Control, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
2 Department of Pharmacy, Frist Hospital of Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu, China
3 Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Hu'nan Oriented Fundamental and Applied Research of Innovative Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy, Changsha Medical University, Changsha, Hu'nan, China

Correspondence Address:
Assoc. Prof. Shengping Zhang
Department of Health Products Cosmetics and Medical Instrument, Lanzhou Institutes for Food and Drug Control, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ctm.ctm_6_18

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Development of anticancer agents with high efficacy and low toxicity has always been a challenge in cancer therapeutics. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are one of the most important physiological stimuli and have been correlated with several cancer conditions. Cancer cells adapt to new higher ROS environment. Meanwhile, elevated ROS render cancer cells vulnerable to oxidative stress-induced cell death. Anticancer drugs are involved in inhibiting and suppressing cancer progression through ROS-mediated cell death. Thus, it is useful to study the level of ROS generated by anticancer agents in cancer cells, while sparing the normal cells, which is one of the target methods to study the pharmacological properties of anticancer agents. In this review, we discuss the relation between ROS and anticancer agents, as well as the application of ROS in anticancer agents' activity screening.

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