Integrin-linked kinase: a cancer therapeutic target unique among its ILK

Nat Rev Cancer. 2005 Jan;5(1):51-63. doi: 10.1038/nrc1524.


Cancer development requires the acquisition of several capabilities that include increased replicative potential, anchorage and growth-factor independence, evasion of apoptosis, angiogenesis, invasion of surrounding tissues and metastasis. One protein that has emerged as promoting many of these phenotypes when dysregulated is integrin-linked kinase (ILK), a unique intracellular adaptor and kinase that links the cell-adhesion receptors, integrins and growth factors to the actin cytoskeleton and to a range of signalling pathways. The recent findings of increased levels of ILK in various cancers, and that inhibition of ILK expression and activity is antitumorigenic, makes ILK an attractive target for cancer therapeutics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases / therapeutic use*
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects*


  • integrin-linked kinase
  • Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases