Molecular circuits of apoptosis regulation and cell division control: the survivin paradigm

J Cell Biochem. 2004 Jul 1;92(4):656-63. doi: 10.1002/jcb.20140.


The coupling of cell proliferation to cell death is thought to function as a pivotal crossroad, essential to preserve normal homeostasis and to eliminate dangerous cells before they divide. Survivin is a prototype molecule at this crossroad, intercalated in protection against mitochondrial cell death and orchestrating various aspects of cell division. Dramatically exploited in cancer and an unfavorable gene signature for disease outcome, the survivin pathway has now provided tangible opportunities for targeted, rational cancer therapy.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / physiology*
  • Cell Division / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins / physiology*
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Survivin


  • BIRC5 protein, human
  • Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins
  • Microtubule-Associated Proteins
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Survivin