Special Issue "The Role of DNA Damage and Repair in Cancer"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 November 2021.
Interests: DNA damage; DNA repair; cancer; biomarker; targeted therapy; treatment personalization
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For many decades, genome instability has been recognized as a driving force for the development of cancer, and DNA repair systems as crucial factors ensuring the maintenance of genome stability and prevention of cancer. However, these systems also represent cancer treatment obstacles, particularly in the case of using treatment regimens for which the primary pharmacological target is a DNA molecule. Understandably, DNA repair inhibitors, either alone or in combination, are highly promising anticancer tools necessary for achieving higher curability and longer survival rates. Historically, DNA repair inhibitors (natural or small molecules, epigenetic changes by CpG methylation and miRNA, etc.) have most often been used within a synthetic lethality approach, where they target cancer cells defective in specific DNA repair system(s). Therefore, comprehensive information on the DNA repair efficiency of cancer cells has a strong prognostic and predictive value. Genome instability and the mutation burden in these cancer cells may also have such a value and be targeted in treatment. Collectively, DNA damage and DNA repair pathways are promising cancer biomarkers with high potential for use in personalized treatment approaches.
Authors are warmly invited to submit original research and review articles to this Special Issue which address the latest progress and current understanding of the role of DNA damage and repair in cancer.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Role of genome instability in cancer
- Prognostic value of genome instability
- Use of DNA repair inhibitors in cancer treatment
- Role of DNA repair variants in cancer incidence and treatment
- Synthetic lethality based on the use of DNA repair inhibitors
- Targeting of DNA repair by miRNA
- Loss of DNA repair in cancer
- Drug targeting of genome instability in cancer
- DNA repair biomarkers
- Role of genome instability and DNA repair in tumour mutation load
Dr. Miroslav Chovanec
Manuscript Submission Information
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- DNA damage
- DNA repair
- DNA damage response
- cell cycle
- DNA repair inhibitors
- personalized treatment
- cancer biomarker
- synthetic lethality
- DNA repair gene variants
- tumour mutation burden