One major barrier in the development of pancreas cancer therapeutics is the selective delivery of the drugs to their cellular targets. We have previously developed several sigma-2 ligands and reported the discovery of a component of the receptor for these ligands. Several sigma-2 ligands have been shown to trigger apoptosis in pancreas cancer cells. More importantly, sigma-2 ligands are internalized rapidly by the cancer cells and are capable of delivering other small-molecule therapeutics. Here we review sigma-2 ligands and conjugates as a potential novel therapy suitable for investigation in patients with pancreatic cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S152-S156
JournalSurgery (United States)
Issue number3 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Sep 2012


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