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Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2007;39(11):1995-8. Epub 2007 Jan 20.

c-Kit--a hematopoietic cell essential receptor tyrosine kinase.

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Department of Medical Biosciences/Pathology, Build. 6M, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden.

Abstract

The receptor tyrosine kinase c-Kit is expressed in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells and in several non-hematopoietic tissues. In the hematopoietic system, c-Kit is critical for proliferation, survival and differentiation. During recent years exploration of the signalling pathways downstream of this receptor has yielded significant new insights in the field. In this review, we will summarise the c-Kit background, structure, downstream signalling and medical significance with particular focus on its role in hematopoietic progenitor cells and mast cells.

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17350321
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10.1016/j.biocel.2006.12.005
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