ErbB2 signaling at the crossing between heart failure and cancer
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Heidelberg :Springer heidelberg
Basic research in cardiology. - Darmstadt
, 14 p.
University of Antwerp
The dual role of ErbB2 (or HER-2) in tumor growth and in physiological adaptive reactions of the heart positions ErbB2 at the intersection between cancer and chronic heart failure. Accordingly, ErbB2-targeted inhibitory therapy of cancer may lead to ventricular dysfunction, and activation of ErbB2 for heart failure therapy may induce malignancy. The molecular processes leading to the activation of ErbB2 in tumors and cardiac cells are, however, fundamentally different from each other. Thus, it must be feasible to design drugs that specifically target either physiological or malignant ErbB2 signaling, to activate ErbB2 signaling in heart failure with no increased risk for cancer, and to inhibit ErbB2 signaling in cancer with no increased risk for heart failure. In this review, we present a state-of-the-art on how ErbB2 is regulated in physiological conditions and in tumor cells and how this knowledge translates into smart drug design. This leads to a new generation of drugs interfering with ErbB2 in a unique way tailored for a specific clinical goal. These exciting developments at the crossing between cancer and heart failure are an elegant example of interdisciplinary collaborations between clinicians, physiologists, pharmacologists, and molecular biologists.