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Med Sci (Paris). 2005 Jun-Jul;21(6-7):641-7.

[Semaphorins and cancers : an up 'dating'].

[Article in French]

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  • 1CNRS-UMR 6187, Institut de physiologie et de biologie cellulaires, Faculté des sciences de Poitiers, France.


Semaphorins, first described as axon guidance molecules, play an essential role in neural development, angiogenesis and immunological response. In 1996, two semaphorin genes, SEMA3B and SEMA3F, were isolated from chromosomal region 3p21.3 believed to contain a tumor suppressor gene based on frequent loss of heterozygosity in lung and breast cancer. Since these first studies, several semaphorins have been involved in tumor progression. Some semaphorins have been proposed to have pro-tumoral properties, whereas others have been shown to have tumor suppressive activity. This review summarizes the most recent data implicating semaphorins in cancers.

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