Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 21–31 | Cite as

Targeting platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) signaling in gastrointestinal cancers: preclinical and clinical considerations

  • Omar Abdel-Rahman


The prognosis of advanced gastrointestinal malignancies has been generally dreadful prompting robust search for better, more personalized, and more tailored treatments. In recent years, important signaling pathways leading to tumor progression and metastasis have been discovered with the subsequent development of targeted therapies to target these pathways. These include epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and mesenchymal epithelial transition (MET). In this review, we will revise the different biological and clinical aspects related to the use of PDGF pathway-targeted therapies in gastrointestinal cancers with particular focus on the future prospective in that regard.


Imatinib Sunitinib Dovitinib PDGFR PDGF GI cancer 


Conflicts of interest



This work has not been funded.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Oncology Department, Faculty of MedicineAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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