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Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Jan;15(1):2-8. doi: 10.1038/ncb2641.

p53 mutations in cancer.

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  • 1The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Switchback Road, Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1BD, UK.


In the past fifteen years, it has become apparent that tumour-associated p53 mutations can provoke activities that are different to those resulting from simply loss of wild-type tumour-suppressing p53 function. Many of these mutant p53 proteins acquire oncogenic properties that enable them to promote invasion, metastasis, proliferation and cell survival. Here we highlight some of the emerging molecular mechanisms through which mutant p53 proteins can exert these oncogenic functions.

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