Cancer networks and beyond: interpreting mutations using the human interactome and protein structure

Semin Cancer Biol. 2013 Aug;23(4):219-26. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 May 13.


Over recent years, with the advances in next-generation sequencing, a large number of cancer mutations have been identified and accumulated in public repositories. Coupled to this is our increased ability to generate detailed interactome maps that help to enrich our knowledge of the biological implications of cancer mutations. As a result, network analysis approaches have become an invaluable tool to predict and interpret mutations that are associated with tumour survival and progression. Our understanding of cancer mechanisms is further enhanced by mapping protein structure information to such networks. Here we review the current methodologies for annotating the functional impacts of cancer mutations, which range from analysis of protein structures to protein-protein interaction network studies.

Keywords: Cancer; Mutations; Protein structure; Protein–protein interaction networks.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology / methods
  • Gene Regulatory Networks / genetics*
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Mutation*
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Interaction Maps / genetics
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Proteins / chemistry
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proteins / metabolism


  • Proteins