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May 1991

Oncogenes: The Growth Control Genes

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (Dr Feldman); US Department of Agriculture, the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Department of Dermatology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass (Dr Yaar).

Arch Dermatol. 1991;127(5):707-711. doi:10.1001/archderm.1991.01680040115015

• Genes that are involved in the development of cancer have been identified. These genes, called "oncogenes," are related to normal cellular genes called "proto-oncogenes," which code for proteins involved in the regulation of cellular growth and differentiation. Through the study of these genes, we now begin to assess prognosis of several malignant neoplasms. Moreover, specific inhibitors of oncogene activity have potential use in treatment regimens for cancer.

(Arch Dermatol. 1991;127:707-711)

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