FRAP1 or FK506-binding protein 12 - rapamycin associated protein-1 is another name of mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) which is a serine/threonine protein kinase and encoded by FRAP1gene in human genome. Many of the cellular processes are reported to be controlled by mTOR which is in response to nutrient and energy status, these processes includes cell proliferation, cell growth, transcriptional regulation migration of proteins and cell survival. Therefore a straight forward approach is to design mTOR inhibitors that would control the process of mTOR by inhibiting its actions in the cancer cells [1] where normal processes are aberrant. mTOR signaling pathway can be checked by these inhibitors leading to control of tumor and cell growth or limiting tumorigenesis [2].

For obtaining high level of mTOR inhibition molecules are designed to inhibit mTOR pathway at clinical levels with relevant doses [3]. The application of an mTOR agonist or mTOR antagonist is famous for the understandings of mTOR pathway with other pathways during research studies. mTOR assays are used for the assessment of activity and expression of mTOR in a given system. These assays include either homogenous flourogenic assay or kits are also sued for convenience and sensitivity for an effective mTOR assay activity. Rapamycin is the well known inhibitor which is responsible for the name of this complex enzyme system [4]. For the treatment of cancers and tumors one can easily purchase these inhibitors for the assessment at preclinical level. A strong inhibition was noted on tumor cells when CCI-779 was used on human pancreatic xenograft models [5] and also breast cancer [6]. RAD001 was reported to inhibit mTOR mechanism as p21 inhibition which resulted in apoptosis [7]. A recently studied specific inhibitor is Ku-0063794 [8].

There are various cancers against which many of these inhibitors are used, for the assessment of these inhibitors in preclinical trials and their efficient results warranted their use in clinical trials [9]. During clinical trials phase I RAD001 or also known as Everolimus, showed excellent results in patients with advanced breast carcinomas when used with Letrozole combination [10]. It was also found as effective as a single agent when used against RCC (renal cell cancer) during a phase II clinical studies [11]. Also during phase II studies Temsirolimus or CCI-779 was administered for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer form and effective and promising results were discovered [12]. More recently three novel mTOR inhibitors, WYE-687, WYE-354 and WAY-600 were discovered as ATP-competitive pyrazolopyrimidine, however their preclinical and clinical studies are yet to complete [13]. The implication of dual inhibitor such as NVP-BEZ235 [14] and other mTOR inhibitor drugs are also used for a synergistic and effective results for the inhibition of other pathways as well, one of the successful example is the use of receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (RTK) and Rapamycin for the prostate cancer therapy [15]. 

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