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Major oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes involved in epithelial ovarian cancer (review).

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Ovarian cancer remains the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancy in Western countries. This cancer results from a succession of genetic alterations involving oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes which have a critical role in normal cell growth regulation. Mutations and/or overexpression of three oncogenes, HER-2/neu, c-myc and K-ras, and of the tumor suppressor gene p53, have frequently been observed in sporadic ovarian cancer. In the context of high risk families, the most frequently involved genes are BRCA1 and BRCA2. We review the function of these different proteins, the incidence of mutations in their genes in carcinogenesis and as potential prognostic factors in sporadic and hereditary ovarian cancer.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Laboratoire d'Oncologie Moleculaire, INSERM CRI 9502/EA 2145, Centre Jean Perrin, BP 392, 63011 Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • The International Journal of Oncology provides an international forum for the publication of the latest, cutting-edge research in the broad area of oncology and cancer treatment. The journal accepts original high quality works and reviews on all aspects of oncology research including carcinogenesis, metastasis, epidemiology, chemotherapy and viral oncology. Through fair and efficient peer review, the journal is dedicated to publishing top tier research in the field, offering authors rapid publication as well as high standards of copy-editing and production. The International Journal of Oncology is published on a monthly basis in both print and early online.
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