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Author(s)
del Pulgar Teresa Gómez,
Benitah Salvador A.,
Valerón Pilar F.,
Espina Carolina,
Lacal Juan Carlos
Publication year2005
Publication title
bioessays
Resource typeJournals
PublisherWiley Subscription Services
Abstract Rho proteins belong to the small GTPases superfamily. They function as molecular switches that, in response to diverse stimuli, control key signaling and structural aspects of the cell. Although early studies proposed a role for Rho GTPases in cellular transformation, this effect was underestimated due to the fact that no genetic mutations affecting Rho‐encoding genes were found in tumors. Recently, it has become evident that Rho GTPases participate in the carcinogenic process by either overexpression of some of the members of the family with oncogenic activity, downmodulation of other members with suggested tumor suppressor activity, or by alteration of upstream modulators or downstream effectors. Thus, alteration of the levels of expression of different members of the family of Rho GTPases has been detected in many types of human tumors leading to a great interest in the cellular effects elicited by these oncoproteins. This essay reviews the current evidence of dysregulation of Rho signaling by overexpression in human tumors. BioEssays 27:602–613, 2005. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Subject(s)biochemistry , biology , carcinogenesis , computer network , computer science , effector , enzyme , function (biology) , g protein , gene , genetics , gtp' , gtpase , gtpase activating protein , microbiology and biotechnology , ras superfamily , signal transduction , small gtpase , suppressor , upstream (networking) , upstream and downstream (dna)
Language(s)English
SCImago Journal Rank2.175
H-Index184
eISSN1521-1878
pISSN0265-9247
DOI10.1002/bies.20238

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