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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1997 Aug;99(3):184-95.

Molecular aspects of neuro-oncology.

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Neurosurgical Laboratories, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.


Detailed understanding of molecular events responsible for brain tumor growth is a prerequisite for the development of effective therapeutic modalities leading to improved prognosis and cure. Advances in molecular biology in the past decades have revolutionized our understanding of cancer, including brain tumors. We have learned that abnormal proliferation, inability of the cells to die and their potential to modify their tissue environment result from accumulation of genetic aberrations. This article reviews genetic mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of nervous system tumors, such as unactivation of tumor suppressor and replication error genes, generation of abnormal growth factor loops, alterations of apoptotic pathways and angiogenesis.

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