Oncocytic tumors are a peculiar subset of human neoplasms in which mitochondria have been proven to have a prominent role. A number of paradoxes renders these clinical entities interesting from the translational research point of view. Most oncocytic tumors are generally metabolically constrained due to the impaired respiratory capacity and lack of the ability to respond to hypoxia, yet they maintain features that allow them to strive and persist in an indolent form. Their unique molecular and metabolic characteristics are an object of investigation that may reveal novel ways for therapeutic strategies based on metabolic targeting. With this aim in mind, we here examine the current knowledge on oncocytomas and delve into the molecular causes and consequences that revolve around the oncocytic phenotype, to understand whether we can learn to design therapies from the dissection of benign neoplasms.

Molecular and metabolic features of oncocytomas: seeking the blueprints of indolent cancers

GIROLIMETTI, GIULIA;OKERE, BERNARD;PORCELLI, ANNA MARIA;KURELAC, IVANA;GASPARRE, GIUSEPPE
2017

Abstract

Oncocytic tumors are a peculiar subset of human neoplasms in which mitochondria have been proven to have a prominent role. A number of paradoxes renders these clinical entities interesting from the translational research point of view. Most oncocytic tumors are generally metabolically constrained due to the impaired respiratory capacity and lack of the ability to respond to hypoxia, yet they maintain features that allow them to strive and persist in an indolent form. Their unique molecular and metabolic characteristics are an object of investigation that may reveal novel ways for therapeutic strategies based on metabolic targeting. With this aim in mind, we here examine the current knowledge on oncocytomas and delve into the molecular causes and consequences that revolve around the oncocytic phenotype, to understand whether we can learn to design therapies from the dissection of benign neoplasms.
De Luise, Monica; Girolimetti, Giulia; Okere, Bernard; Porcelli, Anna Maria; Kurelac, Ivana; Gasparre, Giuseppe
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