Anticarcinogenic Activities of Naturally Occurring Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitors

  • Rita Colella
  • Ann F. Chambers
  • David T. Denhardt


Proteases and their respective inhibitors are found in almost every biological system where proteolysis occurs. Examples of such systems include the processing of proteins during protein synthesis, activation of prohormones and proenzymes to their active forms, cellular protein turnover, digestion of endocytosed material, blood coagulation, angiogenesis, inflammation and wound healing, differentiation and tissue remodeling, invasion and metastasis, and possibly tumorigenesis. In both primary and secondary tumors, vascularization of the tumor tissue (angiogenesis) facilitates the growth and spread of the tumor, and this process also involves proteases and their inhibitors. Normal physiological processes require that the activities of the proteolytic enzymes be controlled so as to prevent excessive, unwanted damage to the tissues involved. Proteolytic activity can be regulated by modulating the synthesis or degradation of the enzyme or necessary cofactors, or via interactions with activators or inhibitors of activity.


Cysteine Proteinase Cysteine Proteinase Inhibitor High Molecular Weight Kininogen Cystatin Gene Human Cystatin 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rita Colella
    • 1
    • 3
  • Ann F. Chambers
    • 2
  • David T. Denhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.The London Regional Cancer CentreUniversity of Western OntarioLondonOntarioCanadaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Anatomical Sciences and NeurobiologyUniversity of Louisville School of MedicineLouisville

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