NUMB inhibition of NOTCH signalling as a therapeutic target in prostate cancer

Nat Rev Urol. 2014 Sep;11(9):499-507. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2014.195. Epub 2014 Aug 19.


Prostate cancer is among the most prevalent life-threatening cancers diagnosed in the male population today. Various methods have been exploited in an attempt to treat this disease but these treatments, alongside preventative tactics, have been insufficient to control mortality rates and have usually resulted in detrimental adverse events. An opportunity to devise more-specific and potentially more-effective approaches for the eradication of prostate tumours can be found by targeting specific biological pathways. NUMB (protein numb homologue), a key regulator of cell fate, represents an attractive, actionable target in prostate cancer. NUMB participates in the observed deregulation of NOTCH (neurogenic locus notch homologue protein) signalling in prostate tumours, and the NUMB-NOTCH interaction regulates cell fate. NUMB has potential both as a target for control of prostate tumorigenesis and as a biomarker for identification of patients with prostate cancer who are likely to benefit from NOTCH inhibition.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Differentiation / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology*
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / physiology*
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Receptors, Notch / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology


  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Numb protein, human
  • Receptors, Notch