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Cancer Radiother. 2004 Oct;8(5):315-21.

[Biomodulation of transcriptional factor NF-kappa B by ionizing radiation].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Département de radiothérapie, institut Jules-Bordet, 121, boulevard de Waterloo, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique. nicolas_magne@hotmail.com


NF-kappaB (Nuclear Factor-kappaB) was described for the first time in 1986 as a nuclear protein binding to the kappa immunoglobulin-light chain enhancer. Since then, NF-kappaB has emerged as an ubiquitous factor involved in the regulation of numerous important processes as diverse as immune and inflammatory responses, apoptosis and cell proliferation. These last two properties explain the implication of NF-kappaB in the tumorigenic process as well as the promise of a targeted therapeutic intervention. This review focuses on the current knowledge on NF-kappaB regulation and discusses the therapeutic potential of targeting NF-kappaB in cancer in particular during radiotherapy.

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