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Hormonal influences on cancer progression and prognosis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gajanan Sherbet


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Cell differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, and cell motility are induced and regulated by a host of growth factors, vitamins, and hormones. The mode of function of these modifiers of biological response, the signaling pathways that they activate, and the interacting pathways that can influence the biological outcome have been the focus of attention. Especially recognized and discussed in this review is the deregulation of their function, leading to abnormalities in cell proliferation, alteration of intercellular adhesive cohesion, remodeling of the extracellular matrix, and invasive behavior and metastatic deposition that are so characteristic of tumor development and progression, which strongly underscores the concept of molecular progression of cancer constructed on the basis of the relationship between genetic changes and the biological events associated with cancer progression, The molecular changes associated with hormone- and vitamin-driven responses and the deregulation of the expression and function of their target genes seem to correlate with specific biological events linked with cancer invasion and progression, and these findings could lead to the establishment of new markers of progression and to the development of new strategies for patient management. The scope of this work has been restricted by design and is dictated by the field of interest of the author's laboratory, but it is hoped that this field would be regarded adequately to reflect the wide genre of scientific interest in this field of human disease. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Sherbet GV

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Vitamins and Hormones

Year: 2005

Volume: 71

Pages: 147-200

Print publication date: 01/01/2005

ISSN (print): 0083-6729

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DOI: 10.1016/S0083-6729(05)71006-2