Characterization of novel inhibitors of Gi-S phase progression in Drosophila

Grant number: 350369

Abstract

Cancer is a disease that affects 1-3 people and therefore, understanding the mechanisms by which cancer arises is of major importance to medical science. Cancers arise through the accumulation of mutations that alter normal cell proliferation control, differentiation, cell death or cell movement. Many genes involved in cancer have been identified, however, there are likely to be many more genes, that when disrupted or misexpressed can lead to cancer. We are interested in the regulation of cell proliferation, and have been studying this in the genetically amenable animal model system, the vinegar fly, Drosophila. A key regulator of cell proliferation in all multicellular organisms is Cyclin E..

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