The AKT or PKB family of protein kinases is one of the best characterized targets of phosphoinositide 3-kinases or PI3Ks. The AKT/PKB signal transduction pathway regulates many growth and survival mechanisms including transcription, cell cycle progression, metabolism, apoptosis, invasion and metastasis. Recently, Carpten et al. (Nature 2007;448:439-44) reported a very interesting study on the isoform AKT1 (PKBalpha). They described a novel point mutation (E17K) in the pleckstrin homology domain (PHD) of the AKT1 gene in human breast, colorectal and ovarian cancers, and demonstrated that it induces leukemia in mice. Here we give a critical appraisal of this finding and underline its clinical impact. We also discuss possible interventions for therapeutic development of AKT inhibitors to treat human cancer.
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|Titolo:||Following the tracks of AKT1 gene.|
|Citazione:||Vogiatzi, P., & Giordano, A. (2007). Following the tracks of AKT1 gene. CANCER BIOLOGY & THERAPY, 6(10), 1521-1524.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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