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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2008 Feb;18(1):87-96. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2008.02.001. Epub 2008 Apr 9.

Showering c-MET-dependent cancers with drugs.

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Division of Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109, United States.


The receptor tyrosine kinase, c-MET and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF) have become leading candidates for targeted cancer therapies. Inappropriate c-MET signaling through autocrine, paracrine, amplification, and mutational activation occurs in virtually all types of solid tumors (, contributing to one or a combination of proliferative, invasive, survival, or angiogenic cancer phenotypes. c-MET and HGF/SF participate in all stages of malignant progression and represent promising drug targets in a variety of cancer types, including carcinomas, sarcomas, and brain tumors. While many are in pre-clinical testing, a few inhibitors have entered clinical trials. With hundreds of thousands of potential responding cancers that express c-MET, the interest in this molecule as a drug target is not surprising. However, the cognate c-MET diagnostic tests lag behind. In addition, despite the great enthusiasm based on response rates in phase I trials, there is a need for caution. It is almost without question that combination therapies with c-MET-HGF/SF inhibitors will be required for most cancers to achieve a cytotoxic tumor response.

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