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Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2013 Dec;25(6):735-40. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2013 Aug 3.

The multiple connections between pRB and cell metabolism.

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Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Building 149, 13th Street, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA. Electronic address:


The pRB tumor suppressor is traditionally seen as an important regulator of the cell cycle. pRB represses the transcriptional activation of a diverse set of genes by the E2F transcription factors and prevents inappropriate S-phase entry. Advances in our understanding of pRB have documented roles that extend beyond the cell cycle and this review summarizes recent studies that link pRB to the control of cell metabolism. pRB has been shown to regulate glucose tolerance, mitogenesis, glutathione synthesis, and the expression of genes involved in central carbon metabolism. Several studies have demonstrated that pRB directly targets a set of genes that are crucial for nucleotide metabolism, and this seems likely to represent one of the ways by which pRB influences the G1/S-phase transition and S-phase progression.

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