Magnesium and neoplasia: From carcinogenesis to tumor growth and progression or treatment

University of Milan, Milano, Lombardy, Italy
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics (Impact Factor: 3.02). 03/2007; 458(1):24-32. DOI: 10.1016/
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Magnesium is involved in a wide range of biochemical reactions that are crucial to cell proliferation, differentiation, angiogenesis, and apoptosis. Changes in magnesium availability have been shown to influence biological responses of immuno-inflammatory cells. Equally plausible seems to be an involvement of magnesium in the multistep and interconnected processes that lead to tumor formation and development; however, the "how" and "when" of such an involvement remain to be defined. Here, we reviewed in vitro and in vivo data that indicated a role for magnesium in many biological and clinical aspects of cancer (from neoplastic transformation to tumor growth and progression or pharmacologic treatment). In adopting this approach we went through a full circle from molecular aspects to observational or epidemiological studies that could reconcile in a unifying picture the otherwise fragmentary or puzzling data currently available on the role of magnesium in cancer.

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    • "Calcium and magnesium ions play a central role in many cellular processes, including muscle contraction, transmitter release, cell proliferation, differentiation, gene transcription, apoptosis, and angiogenesis [1, 2]. Disordered regulation of calcium and magnesium levels may also lead to irregularities in many biological activities, even leading to carcinogenesis. "
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    • "The disturbances in minerals homeostasis may induce biochemical changes characteristic of many diseases, including neoplastic diseases [1]. For instance, dietary insufficiencies in selenium, zinc and magnesium elements, and excess intake of copper and iron may increase the cancer risk [2-5]. It was uncovered in many investigations that in mammary malignant tumors an increased copper content is found in comparison with normal tissue and that ceruloplasmin level significantly increases in neoplastic diseases [6-8]. "
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