Author(s): Coultas L, Strasser A
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Abstract Seminal studies on the proto-oncogene bcl-2 have first demonstrated that mutations that inhibit programmed cell death (apoptosis) can promote lymphomagenesis and influence the sensitivity of tumour cells to chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is now widely believed that neoplastic transformation of many, perhaps even all, cell types requires mutational changes that interfere with the cell death programme. In this review, we describe current knowledge of the molecular control of cell death and discuss the role of pro- and anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 protein family in tumourigenesis and anti-cancer therapy.
This article was published in Semin Cancer Biol
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy