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The PI3K/AKT/mTOR interactive pathway

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The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/mammalian target of the rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathway is hyperactivated or altered in many cancer types and regulates a broad range of cellular processes including survival, proliferation, growth, metabolism, angiogenesis and metastasis. The PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is regulated by a wide-range of upstream signalling proteins and it regulates many downstream effectors by collaborating with various compensatory signalling pathways, primarily with RAF/MEK/ERK pathway. Limited clinical success of the available targeted therapeutic agents and challenges mediated by tumour heterogeneity across different cancer types emphasize the importance of alterations in the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway in the design of effective personalized treatment strategies. Here we report a comprehensive PI3K/AKT/mTOR network that represents the intricate crosstalk between compensatory pathways, which can be utilized to study the AKT signalling mechanism in detail and improve the personalized combinatorial therapeutic strategies.

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03 Feb 2015
17 Apr 2015
First published
20 Apr 2015

Mol. BioSyst., 2015,11, 1946-1954
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The PI3K/AKT/mTOR interactive pathway

T. Ersahin, N. Tuncbag and R. Cetin-Atalay, Mol. BioSyst., 2015, 11, 1946
DOI: 10.1039/C5MB00101C

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