Role of transforming growth factor-beta in hematologic malignancies.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) signaling pathway is an essential regulator of cellular processes, including proliferation, differentiation, migration, and cell survival. During hematopoiesis, the TGF-beta signaling pathway is a potent negative regulator of proliferation while stimulating differentiation and apoptosis when appropriate. In hematologic malignancies, including leukemias, myeloproliferative disorders, lymphomas, and multiple myeloma, resistance to these homeostatic effects of TGF-beta develops. Mechanisms for this resistance include mutation or deletion of members of the TGF-beta signaling pathway and disruption of the pathway by oncoproteins. These alterations define a tumor suppressor role for the TGF-beta pathway in human hematologic malignancies. On the other hand, elevated levels of TGF-beta can promote myelofibrosis and the pathogenesis of some hematologic malignancies through their effects on the stroma and immune system. Advances in the TGF-beta signaling field should enable targeting of the TGF-beta signaling pathway for the treatment of hematologic malignancies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dong, M; Blobe, GC

Published Date

  • June 15, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 107 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 4589 - 4596

PubMed ID

  • 16484590

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1895802

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-4971

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1182/blood-2005-10-4169


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States