ZEB proteins link cell motility with cell cycle control and cell survival in cancer

Gareth Browne, A. Emre Sayan, Eugene Tulchinsky

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Epithelial mesenchymal transitions (EMT), the generation of motile mesenchymal cells from epithelial sheets, are differentiation programs which take place at several critical steps of embryonic development and in metastatic cancer. Recent data have shown that the transcription factors which are master regulators of EMT also regulate cell cycle progression, apoptosis and senescence. In light of these new observations, the role of these factors in human cancer may be broader than previously anticipated. Here we review recent literature on non-EMT functions of EMT-controlling transcription factors. We will mainly focus on transcription factors belonging to the ZEB family, but some important results obtained by investigators studying other key EMT regulators, Snail and Twist are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-891
Number of pages6
JournalCell Cycle
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Cell cycle
  • Epithelial mesenchymal transition
  • Senescence
  • SIP1
  • ZEB1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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