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Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2014 Mar 1;6(3). pii: a008912. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a008912.

Receptor tyrosine kinases: legacy of the first two decades.

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Department of Pharmacology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520.


Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and their cellular signaling pathways play important roles in normal development and homeostasis. Aberrations in their activation or signaling leads to many pathologies, especially cancers, motivating the development of a variety of drugs that block RTK signaling that have been successfully applied for the treatment of many cancers. As the current field of RTKs and their signaling pathways are covered by a very large amount of literature, spread over half a century, I am focusing the scope of this review on seminal discoveries made before tyrosine phosphorylation was discovered, and on the early days of research into RTKs and their cellular signaling pathways. I review the history of the early days of research in the field of RTKs. I emphasize key early findings, which provided conceptual frameworks for addressing the questions of how RTKs are activated and how they regulate intracellular signaling pathways.

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