Author(s): Buggy JJ, Elias L
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Abstract BTK is a kinase that functions downstream of multiple receptors in various hematologic cells. This review focuses on BTK-dependent pathways that are likely to be involved in maintaining the malignant phenotype in B-cell lymphomas and leukemias. Survival of various B-cell malignancies requires BTK-dependent signals from the B-cell antigen receptor. Survival is also dependent on malignant cells homing to and interacting with lymphoid microenvironments, and these interactions are also BTK-dependent due its role in signaling downstream of chemokine and innate immune receptors. The potential for therapeutic targeting of BTK is currently being tested in clinical settings.
This article was published in Int Rev Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Developing Drugs