Hsp90 or the Heat shock protein 90 is a non fibrous protein that gained its name on the basis of its molecular weight i.e., 90 kDa. Heat shock protein 90 is the most abundant protein present in cytoplasm that plays a significant role in the cells by acting as molecular chaperones for different proteins associated with some important signaling pathways in the cells. Various molecular chaperones existing in the cells, involves in the tyrosine kinases and serine/theronine kinases as well, so they are very important for proper regulation of cell cycle and cell growth. A complete research has been done to describe the relation between cancer and Hsp90 [1]. For the inhibition of Hsp90 chaperone a simple strategy is designed i.e., development of Hsp-60 inhibitor in case of presence of Hsp90 in the cancerous cells and activated by the activation of various oncogenes [2]. It was proved to be an efficient therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Various antagonists and agonists of hsp90 were used by different research groups to describe the complex regulatory process of heat shock protein 90 in the normal and neo plastic cells that can be helpful in production of some of the novel and potent hsp90 inhibiting drugs [3]. These chemical agents are not very costly and are also in easy access for the researchers, so they can get them easily from the respective suppliers. Among these inhibitors, many are characterize by utilizing common compound library screening. Cancer cells’ characterization was carried out by different hyperactive pathways for example PI3K, EGFR and AKT etc., hence use of the specific inhibitors of hsp90 pathways can check its function ultimately stimulating the process of apoptotic cell death. A well known example of these inhibitors is Geldamycin and its analogue 17-AAD or 17-allylaminogeldanamycin, PU-H71, PU24FC1, SNX-2112, Rifabutin and Celastrol etc. Among these drugs a majority is specific for heat shock protein 90 while some of them can inhibit the other molecules as well.

Different effects of heat shock protein inhibitors on HSP90 has been observed when these inhibitors were evaluated in various clinical studies as a result further leading to the efficient and effective inhibitors for the cancer therapy. National Cancer Institute or NCI has conducted a clinical trial of SNX-5422 in which solid tumors (NCT00644072) and lymphomas were placed under the in vitro treatment and provided very promising results. Cancerous models of animals were directed with this inhibitor which resulted in the inhibition of ERK and AKT cascades to decrease the proliferation and growth of tumor and the angiogenesis of cancer cells was reported [4]. A chemical agent named Geldamycin is derived from benzoquinone and is the most famous Hsp90 inhibitor and was present in the bacterial strain Streptomyces hygroscopicus [5]. It was also observed that this drug causes the arresting of cell cycle in the MAP kinase independent way [6].  17AAG or -N-Allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin which is a derivative molecule of Geldamycin was used for treatment of leukemia, solid tumors and renal cancer and exhibited good results. Celastrol is another molecule that has gained appreciation during its clinical trials for its property of targeting the cell cycle of monocytic human leukemia at the Go/G1 stage in the irreversible manner [7]. In the same way many other inhibitors are under pre clinical stages and are sure to be called for clinical trials after their effective results.

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