The Oscar-worthy role of Myc in apoptosis

Semin Cancer Biol. 2006 Aug;16(4):275-87. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2006.07.011. Epub 2006 Jul 14.


The discovery that the Myc oncoprotein could drive cells to undergo apoptosis in addition to its well-established role in cellular proliferation came in the early 1990s, at the beginning of a period of explosive research on cell death. Experimental evidence revealed that Myc sensitises cells to a wide range of death stimuli and abrogating this biological activity plays a profound role in tumorigenesis. Our understanding of the molecular mechanism and genetic programme of Myc-induced apoptosis remains shrouded in mystery and the focus of much attention. In this review, we will discuss established data, recent advances and future objectives regarding the regulatory processes and the functional cooperators that effect and abrogate apoptosis induced by Myc.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis*
  • Humans
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-myc