B-MYB, a transcription factor implicated in regulating cell cycle, apoptosis and cancer

Eur J Cancer. 2005 Nov;41(16):2479-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2005.08.004. Epub 2005 Sep 29.


B-MYB belongs to the MYB family of transcription factors that include A-MYB and c-MYB. While A-MYB and c-MYB are tissue-specific, B-MYB is broadly expressed in rapidly dividing cells of developing or adult mammals. B-MYBs liaisons with important players of the cell cycle and transcription machinery, such as E2F and retinoblastoma proteins, suggest that its essential function in stem cell formation and mammalian development could be related to its ability to directly or indirectly impinge on gene expression. Besides its role in the cell cycle, B-MYB has been shown to promote cell survival by activating antiapoptotic genes such as ApoJ/clusterin and BCL2. Here, we discuss how B-MYB could be implicated in tumourigenesis by regulating gene expression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / genetics*
  • Cell Cycle / genetics*
  • Genes, myb / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb / physiology*
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myb