Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Hsp90 regulates autophagy and plays a role in cancer therapy

  • Benli Wang
  • Zongyan Chen
  • Feifei Yu
  • Qiao Chen
  • Yuxi Tian
  • Shumei Ma
  • Tiejun Wang
  • Xiaodong Liu


Nowadays, heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90), a highly conserved molecular chaperone, has become the target of antitumor drugs as a result of its close relationship with the occurrence and development, biological behavior, and prognosis of a tumor. Autophagy has attracted big attention recently for its paradoxical roles in cell survival and cell death, especially in the pathogenesis and treatment of cancer. Moreover, it has been verified that Hsp90 plays a role in autophagy via regulating the stability and activity of signaling proteins, and some Hsp90 inhibitors can induce autophagy. However, the underlying mechanisms for these important processes have not been clarified so far. In this study, we focus on the roles of Hsp90 in the regulation of autophagy, such as toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated autophagy, Ulk1-mediated mitophagy, and chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA). The roles of Hsp90 inhibitors in cancer therapy will also be elucidated.


Hsp90 Autophagy Mitophagy CMA Hsp90 inhibition 



This work was supported by NSFC (nos. 31370837 and 81573082), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (Ministry of Education), China. Thanks are given to Abu Baker Qased for the final revision of this manuscript.

This research is supported by NSFC (31370837 and 81573082), Provincial Program of Science and Technology of Jilin (20150101142JC).

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benli Wang
    • 1
  • Zongyan Chen
    • 1
  • Feifei Yu
    • 1
  • Qiao Chen
    • 1
  • Yuxi Tian
    • 1
  • Shumei Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tiejun Wang
    • 3
  • Xiaodong Liu
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Radiobiology (Ministry of Health), School of Public HealthJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.Manitoba Institute of Cell BiologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  3. 3.Department of Radiation Oncologythe 2nd Hospitals Jilin UniversityChangchunChina
  4. 4.Center for Radiological ResearchColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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