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Nat Rev Cancer. 2002 Apr;2(4):289-300.

Scatter-factor and semaphorin receptors: cell signalling for invasive growth.

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Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment, University of Torino School of Medicine, Candiolo, Italy. ltrusolino@ircc.unito.it

Abstract

Malignant disease occurs when neoplastic cells abandon their primary site of accretion, cross tissue boundaries and penetrate the vasculature to colonize distant sites. This process --metastasis--is the aberrant counterpart of a physiological programme for organ regeneration and maintenance. Scatter factors and semaphorins, together with their receptors, help to orchestrate this programme. What are the differences between physiological and pathological activation of these signalling molecules, and can we exploit them therapeutically to prevent metastasis?

PMID:
12001990
DOI:
10.1038/nrc779
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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