Signaling control of mRNA translation in cancer pathogenesis

Oncogene. 2004 Apr 19;23(18):3138-44. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1207590.


The regulation of translation and the control of ribosome biogenesis are essential cellular processes whose impact on cell growth and proliferation is manifested at a number of specific levels. Disruption in one or more of the steps that control protein biosynthesis has been associated with alterations in the regulation of cell growth and cell cycle progression. Consistent with this, tumor suppressors and proto-oncogenes have been found to act on these functions and may therefore regulate malignant progression by affecting the protein synthetic machinery. Although many studies have correlated deregulation of protein biosynthesis with cancer, it remains to be established whether this process is necessary and/or sufficient for neoplastic transformation and metastasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases / physiology
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Biosynthesis*
  • Protein Kinases / physiology
  • Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinases / physiology
  • Signal Transduction*
  • TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases


  • Protein Kinases
  • MTOR protein, human
  • Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinases
  • TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases