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Trends Mol Med. 2004 Aug;10(8):387-92.

Id genes and proteins as promising targets in cancer therapy.

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California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.


Since the identification of Id proteins more than a decade ago, much work has demonstrated their regulatory roles in development, cell fate and lineage determination, proliferation, differentiation, angiogenesis, invasion and migration. Recent studies reveal not only that Id protein expression is significantly correlated both with cancer progression and with overall prognosis, but also that it can be exploited as a therapeutic target. This review will focus on the recent advances in our understanding of the relationships between Id expression and cancer, as well as providing a rationale for developing therapeutic strategies using Ids as targets to treat metastatic cancers.

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