Synthetic Retinoids Beyond Cancer Therapy.

TitleSynthetic Retinoids Beyond Cancer Therapy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsGudas LJ
JournalAnnu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol
Date Published2022 Jan 06

While the uses of retinoids for cancer treatment continue to evolve, this review focuses on other therapeutic areas in which retinoids [retinol (vitamin A), all-trans retinoic acid (RA), and synthetic retinoic acid receptor (RAR)α-, β-, and γ-selective agonists] are being used and on promising new research that suggests additional uses for retinoids for the treatment of disorders of the kidneys, skeletal muscles, heart, pancreas, liver, nervous system, skin, and other organs. The most mature area, in terms of US Food and Drug Administration-approved, RAR-selective agonists, is for treatment of various skin diseases. Synthetic retinoid agonists have major advantages over endogenous RAR agonists such as RA. Because they act through a specific RAR, side effects may be minimized, and synthetic retinoids often have better pharmaceutical properties than does RA. Based on our increasing knowledge of the multiple roles of retinoids in development, epigenetic regulation, and tissue repair, other exciting therapeutic areas are emerging.

Alternate JournalAnnu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol
PubMed ID34516292