The molecular basis and potential role of survivin in cancer diagnosis and therapy

Trends Mol Med. 2001 Dec;7(12):542-7. doi: 10.1016/s1471-4914(01)02243-2.


Despite its genetic complexity and multifactoriality, two processes appear almost universally compromised in cancer: the control of cell proliferation and the regulation of cell lifespan. Survivin is a recently described molecule that has been implicated in both processes, and is overexpressed in most human cancers. The exploitation of the survivin signaling pathway might provide important predictive and prognostic clues in cancer diagnosis, and offer new therapeutic alternatives for cancer treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell Division
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / chemistry
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / genetics
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone / metabolism*
  • Drug Design
  • Humans
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins*
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Protein Conformation
  • Survivin


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • BIRC5 protein, human
  • Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Survivin