Paclitaxel Induces Apoptosis In AIDS-Related Kaposi's Sarcoma Cells
Paclitaxel is a microtubule stabilizing drug that causes dividing cells to arrest and then undergo apoptosis. It also has antiangiogenic activity because it alters cytoskeletal structure, affecting migration and invasion. Paclitaxel is an effective treatment for AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). KS is a tumor in which there is marked proliferation of endothelial cells in addition to the tumor cells, which themselves share many markers with activated (proliferating) endothelial cells.We sought to determine the mechanism by which paclitaxel exerts its anti-KS tumor effects.