Dynamic modelling of oestrogen signalling and cell fate in breast cancer cells

Nat Rev Cancer. 2011 Jun 16;11(7):523-32. doi: 10.1038/nrc3081.


Cancers of the breast and other tissues arise from aberrant decision-making by cells regarding their survival or death, proliferation or quiescence, damage repair or bypass. These decisions are made by molecular signalling networks that process information from outside and from within the breast cancer cell and initiate responses that determine the cell's survival and reproduction. Because the molecular logic of these circuits is difficult to comprehend by intuitive reasoning alone, we present some preliminary mathematical models of the basic decision circuits in breast cancer cells that may aid our understanding of their susceptibility or resistance to endocrine therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Autophagy
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Lineage
  • Cyclin D / physiology
  • Estrogens / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Receptors, Estrogen / physiology
  • Signal Transduction*


  • Cyclin D
  • Estrogens
  • Receptors, Estrogen