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Cancer and neurodegeneration: between the devil and the deep blue sea

Plun-Favreau, H; Lewis, PA; Hardy, J; Martins, LM; Wood, NW; (2010) Cancer and neurodegeneration: between the devil and the deep blue sea. PLoS Genetics , 6 (12) , Article e1001257. 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001257. Green open access

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Cancer and neurodegeneration are often thought of as disease mechanisms at opposite ends of a spectrum; one due to enhanced resistance to cell death and the other due to premature cell death. There is now accumulating evidence to link these two disparate processes. An increasing number of genetic studies add weight to epidemiological evidence suggesting that sufferers of a neurodegenerative disorder have a reduced incidence for most cancers, but an increased risk for other cancers. Many of the genes associated with either cancer and/or neurodegeneration play a central role in cell cycle control, DNA repair, and kinase signalling. However, the links between these two families of diseases remain to be proven. In this review, we discuss recent and sometimes as yet incomplete genetic discoveries that highlight the overlap of molecular pathways implicated in cancer and neurodegeneration.

Type: Article
Title: Cancer and neurodegeneration: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001257
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1001257
Language: English
Additional information: © 2010 Plun-Favreau et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1357280
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