GSK-3 Inhibitors: A Double-Edged Sword? - An Update on Tideglusib

GSK-3 inhibitors are an emerging tool for clinical interventions in human diseases and represent a niche area in combinational therapy. They possess diverse facets in applications of nervous system disorders, Type 2 diabetes, regenerative medicine and cancer. However, conflicting reports suggest the controversial role of GSK-3 inhibitors in cancers. This review aims to highlight the rise of GSK-3 inhibitors as tools for molecular-targeted research and its shift to a promising drug candidate. The review also focuses on key GSK-3 inhibitors and their roles in cancer and regenerative medicine with special emphasis to tideglusib. In addition, the decisive roles of GSK-3 in various molecular pathways will be concisely reviewed. Finally, this review concludes the emergence of GSK-3 inhibitors as a 'double-edged sword' in the treatment against human diseases cautioning researchers about the potential ramifications of off-target pharmacological effects.

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