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Ferroptosis and its facet in Cancer therapy

MOJ Biology and Medicine
Shreya shreshtha,1Gopenath TS,2Parthiban R,3Prathibha Rajashekara S,4Kanthesh M Basalingappa1

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Ferroptosis is a regulated process impelled by iron-dependent lipid peroxidation. It is a new type of cell destruction processes including apoptosis, autophagy and necrosis. It demonstrates mainly the contraction of mitochondria and expansion of mitochondrial membrane density which does not lead to any alteration in morphology. Due to the malfunctioning of ferroptosis several disorders arise which includes damage of one or more nerve which leads to numbness and muscle weakness whereas ischemia reperfusion injury, acute kidney failure and cancer also occurs. Also, ferroptosis is induced in large number of cancer cells through series of small molecules which helps in to bringing out this process. In scientific research and medicine many findings contribute in the chance of defeating cancer by genetic or pharmacological interference with ferroptosis cell death which is appealing for various researches. There are multiple pathways and cell organelles which plays a role in ferroptosis regulation. Ongoing studies on ferroptosis have demonstrated its role in humans though its mechanism is not yet clear. Recently, various studies have encouraged the role of this newly emerged cell death process and also showed some effective usage in the treatment of cancer. Here, we review the mitochondrial aspect of ferroptosis as well as discuss on the role of ferroptosis in Cancer cell therapy. We will also aim on the future scope of ferroptosis in the treatment of Cancer as well as discuss about the problems related to its clinical role which may trigger the cancer cell therapy.


Iron-dependent lipid peroxidation, necrosis, apoptosis, autophagy, mitochondrial membrane, cancer cells, multiple signalling pathways