G-protein-coupled receptors and cancer

Nat Rev Cancer. 2007 Feb;7(2):79-94. doi: 10.1038/nrc2069.


G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), the largest family of cell-surface molecules involved in signal transmission, have recently emerged as crucial players in tumour growth and metastasis. Malignant cells often hijack the normal physiological functions of GPCRs to survive, proliferate autonomously, evade the immune system, increase their blood supply, invade their surrounding tissues and disseminate to other organs. This Review will address our current understanding of the many roles of GPCRs and their signalling circuitry in tumour progression and metastasis. We will also discuss how interfering with GPCRs might provide unique opportunities for cancer prevention and treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • DNA Damage
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / physiopathology
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasms / blood supply
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasms / physiopathology*
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic
  • Protein Conformation
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / chemistry
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled / physiology*
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled