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J Clin Oncol. 2012 Sep 1;30(25):3127-35. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2011.37.0981. Epub 2012 May 29.

Targeting the B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 2 family in cancer.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


The B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 2 (BCL-2) family of proteins has attracted the attention of cancer biologists since the cloning of BCL-2 more than 25 years ago. In the intervening decades, the way the BCL-2 family controls commitment to programmed cell death has been greatly elucidated. Several drugs directed at inhibiting BCL-2 and related antiapoptotic proteins have been tested clinically, with some showing considerable promise, particularly in lymphoid malignancies. A better understanding of the BCL-2 family has also provided insight into how conventional chemotherapy selectively kills cancer cells and why some cancers are more chemosensitive than others. Further exploitation of our understanding of the BCL-2 family promises to offer improved predictive biomarkers for oncologists and improved therapies for patients with cancer.

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