The role of gene regulatory networks in promoting cancer progression and metastasis

Coghlin Caroline, Graeme I Murray

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The majority of deaths owing to cancer are ultimately caused by metastatic disease. However, most research, to date, has focused on the molecular features of cancers at their primary sites rather than on understanding disseminated malignancy in its systemic form. The dynamic nature of metastatic malignancy and its behavior as a co-ordinated systemic disease require a cancer progression paradigm that is integrative and can incorporate both the proximate causes of cancer and the broader ultimate causes in an evolutionary and developmental context. The study of robust cellular attractor states that arise directly from the architectural patterns contained within gene regulatory networks is proposed as a conceptual framework through which many of the other disparate models of cancer metastasis can be more clearly viewed and, ultimately, unified, thus providing a new conceptual framework in which to understand cancer progression and metastasis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-748
Number of pages14
JournalFuture Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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