Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 201–205 | Cite as

Bexarotene: a promising anticancer agent

Mini Review


Retinoids are biologically active derivatives of vitamin A, which play essential roles in embryonic or adult cell behavior modulating cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. The biologic effects of retinoids are mediated by two distinct families of intracellular receptors: retinoid acid receptors (RARs)-α, -β and -γ and retinoid X receptors (RXR)-α, -β and -γ. Bexarotene is a selective RXR agonist, which exerts its effects in blocking cell cycle progression, inducing apoptosis and differentiation, preventing multidrug resistance, and inhibiting angiogenesis and metastasis, making it a promising chemopreventive agent against cancer.


Bexarotene Cell cycle Apoptosis Differentiation Multidrug resistance 



This work was supported by Ministry of Health of PR China (419100-W10754) and Zhejiang University Research Grant (419100-812653).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, School of MedicineZhejiang UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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