AMPK and Cancer

  • Zhiyu WangEmail author
  • Neng Wang
  • Pengxi Liu
  • Xiaoming Xie
Part of the Experientia Supplementum book series (EXS, volume 107)


This chapter focuses on the role of AMPK as a stress-response molecule with an emphasis on its duplex implication in carcinogenesis and cancer drug resistance. AMPK is closely correlated to the tumor-suppressive functions of LKB1 and P53, consequently modulating the activity of cellular survival signaling such as mTOR and Akt, leading to cell growth inhibition and cell cycle arrest. On the contrary, AMPK is tightly involved in cancer drug resistance via interacting with multiple known mechanisms of chemoresistance such as ABCG2 expression, autophagy induction, and cancer stem cells enrichment. Targeting AMPK has become a novel strategy for cancer prevention and treatment.


AMPK Carcinogenesis Cancer drug resistance Stress-response Cancer prevetion 


Conflict of Interests

No potential conflicts of interest exist.

Acknowledgements This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81402173 and 81573651) and Pearl River S&T Nova Program of Guangzhou (201506010098).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhiyu Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Neng Wang
    • 2
  • Pengxi Liu
    • 1
  • Xiaoming Xie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mammary DiseaseGuangdong Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine, The Second Clinical Collage of Guangzhou University of Chinese MedicineGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Breast OncologySun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, State Key Laboratory of Oncology in South China, Collaborative Innovation Center for Cancer MedicineGuangzhouChina

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