Regulation of metabolism in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma via nanotechnology-enabled strategies

Zhiqin Wang, Bowen Wu, Guangjun Nie, Jingyan Wei, Yiye Li

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly fatal malignancy with insidious onset and early distal metastasis. Metabolic reprogramming, the autonomous changes in cellular bioenergetics driven by aberrant genetic events and crosstalk between cancer and non-cancer cells in the desmoplastic microenvironment, is pivotal for the rapid progression of PDAC. As an attractive therapeutic target, nucleoside metabolism is regulated by various anti-metabolic drugs for the clinical treatment of PDAC. Despite various challenges, such as poor drug delivery efficiency and off-target side effects, metabolic modification and intervention are emerging as promising strategies for PDAC therapy, enabled by the rapid development of nanotechnology-based drug delivery strategies. In this review, we discuss the metabolic characteristics of PDAC and highlight how the development of nanomedicine has boosted the development of new therapeutics for PDAC by modulating critical targets in metabolic reprogramming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number216138
Pages (from-to)216138
JournalCancer Letters
StatePublished - Apr 28 2023


  • Drug delivery
  • Nanomedicine
  • Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  • Tumor metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms/pathology
  • Tumor Microenvironment
  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal/pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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