Natural Compounds Targeting the Autophagy Pathway in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer

Yin-Xiao Du, Abdullah Al Mamun, Ai-Ping Lyu*, Hong-Jie Zhang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Autophagy is a highly conserved intracellular degradation pathway by which misfolded proteins or damaged organelles are delivered in a double-membrane vacuolar vesicle and finally degraded by lysosomes. The risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) is high, and there is growing evidence that autophagy plays a critical role in regulating the initiation and metastasis of CRC; however, whether autophagy promotes or suppresses tumor progression is still controversial. Many natural compounds have been reported to exert anticancer effects or enhance current clinical therapies by modulating autophagy. Here, we discuss recent advancements in the molecular mechanisms of autophagy in regulating CRC. We also highlight the research on natural compounds that are particularly promising autophagy modulators for CRC treatment with clinical evidence. Overall, this review illustrates the importance of autophagy in CRC and provides perspectives for these natural autophagy regulators as new therapeutic candidates for CRC drug development.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7310
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • autophagy
  • natural products
  • colorectal cancer
  • lysosome
  • autophagy inhibitors


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