Many forks in the path: cycling with FoxO

Oncogene. 2008 Apr 7;27(16):2300-11. doi: 10.1038/onc.2008.23.


FoxO transcription factors are an evolutionary conserved subfamily of the forkhead transcription factors, characterized by the forkhead DNA-binding domain. FoxO factors regulate a number of cellular processes involved in cell-fate decisions in a cell-type- and environment-specific manner, including metabolism, differentiation, apoptosis and proliferation. A key mechanism by which FoxO determines cell fate is through regulation of the cell cycle machinery, and as such the cellular consequence of FoxO deregulation is often manifested through perturbation of the cell cycle. Consequently, the deregulation of FoxO factors is implicated in the development of numerous proliferative diseases, in particular cancer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Lineage
  • Cellular Senescence
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Humans


  • Forkhead Transcription Factors