Epigenetic regulation in macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)-mediated signaling in cancer and inflammation

Angelina Osipyan, Deng Chen, Frank J. Dekker*

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Epigenetic mechanisms are important for the regular development and maintenance of the tissue-specific expression of cytokine genes. One of the crucial cytokines involved in cancer and inflammation is macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), which triggers the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathways by binding to CD74 and other receptors. Altered expression of this cytokine and altered activity states of the connected pathways are linked to inflammatory disease and cancer. Therapeutic strategies based on epigenetic mechanisms have the potential to regulate MIF-mediated signaling in cancer and inflammation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18-Mar-2021

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