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Rapamycin and mTOR kinase inhibitors

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Chemical Biology, May 2008
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (93rd percentile)

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3 patents
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Rapamycin and mTOR kinase inhibitors
Published in
Journal of Chemical Biology, May 2008
DOI 10.1007/s12154-008-0003-5
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Lisa M. Ballou, Richard Z. Lin


Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a protein kinase that controls cell growth, proliferation, and survival. mTOR signaling is often upregulated in cancer and there is great interest in developing drugs that target this enzyme. Rapamycin and its analogs bind to a domain separate from the catalytic site to block a subset of mTOR functions. These drugs are extremely selective for mTOR and are already in clinical use for treating cancers, but they could potentially activate an mTOR-dependent survival pathway that could lead to treatment failure. By contrast, small molecules that compete with ATP in the catalytic site would inhibit all of the kinase-dependent functions of mTOR without activating the survival pathway. Several non-selective mTOR kinase inhibitors have been described and here we review their chemical and cellular properties. Further development of selective mTOR kinase inhibitors holds the promise of yielding potent anticancer drugs with a novel mechanism of action.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 8 2%
United Kingdom 5 1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Egypt 1 <1%
Philippines 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 452 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 103 22%
Student > Bachelor 91 19%
Student > Master 78 16%
Researcher 65 14%
Unspecified 33 7%
Other 104 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 178 38%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 108 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 54 11%
Unspecified 40 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 24 5%
Other 70 15%

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