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Oncogene. 2004 Apr 19;23(18):3138-44.

Signaling control of mRNA translation in cancer pathogenesis.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.


The regulation of translation and the control of ribosome biogenesis are essential cellular processes whose impact on cell growth and proliferation is manifested at a number of specific levels. Disruption in one or more of the steps that control protein biosynthesis has been associated with alterations in the regulation of cell growth and cell cycle progression. Consistent with this, tumor suppressors and proto-oncogenes have been found to act on these functions and may therefore regulate malignant progression by affecting the protein synthetic machinery. Although many studies have correlated deregulation of protein biosynthesis with cancer, it remains to be established whether this process is necessary and/or sufficient for neoplastic transformation and metastasis.

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