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      Targeting Gas6/TAM in cancer cells and tumor microenvironment


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          Growth arrest-specific 6, also known as Gas6, is a human gene encoding the Gas6 protein, which was originally found to be upregulated in growth-arrested fibroblasts. Gas6 is a member of the vitamin K-dependent family of proteins expressed in many human tissues and regulates several biological processes in cells, including proliferation, survival and migration, by binding to its receptors Tyro3, Axl and Mer (TAM). In recent years, the roles of Gas6/TAM signalling in cancer cells and the tumour microenvironment have been studied, and some progress has made in targeted therapy, providing new potential directions for future investigations of cancer treatment. In this review, we introduce the Gas6 and TAM receptors and describe their involvement in different cancers and discuss the roles of Gas6 in cancer cells, the tumour microenvironment and metastasis. Finally, we introduce recent studies on Gas6/TAM targeting in cancer therapy, which will assist in the experimental design of future analyses and increase the potential use of Gas6 as a therapeutic target for cancer.

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              A subtraction cDNA library enriched for RNA sequences preferentially expressed in growth-arrested cells was prepared. Six cDNA clones were identified, varying in abundance from 2% to 0.0002% of the library and in size from 0.8 to 10 kb. The corresponding mRNAs are downregulated with different kinetics upon induction of growth by serum. The kinetics of induction after serum starvation and density-dependent inhibition of two of these growth-arrest-specific (gas) genes were investigated in more detail. Two cell lines transformed by viral onc genes did not express the two gas genes. The full-length cDNA for one gene has been sequenced and the protein product preliminarily characterized by in vitro translation.

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                Mol Cancer
                Mol. Cancer
                Molecular Cancer
                BioMed Central (London )
                31 January 2018
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                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1761 5538, GRID grid.412262.1, Key Laboratory of Resource Biology and Biotechnology in Western China, Ministry of Education. Faculty of Life Sciences, , Northwest University, ; 229 Taibai North Road, Xi’an, 710069 China
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1761 4404, GRID grid.233520.5, Department of Aerospace Medicine, , The Fourth Military Medical University, ; 169 Changle West Road, Xi’an, 710032 China
                [3 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1791 6584, GRID grid.460007.5, Department of Thoracic Surgery, , Tangdu Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, ; 1 Xinsi Road, Xi’an, 710038 China
                [4 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1765 1045, GRID grid.410745.3, Department of Stomatology, , Bayi Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, ; Nanjing, Jiangsu 210002 China
                [5 ]ISNI 0000 0004 1761 4404, GRID grid.233520.5, Department of Biomedical Engineering, , The Fourth Military Medical University, ; 169 Changle West Road, Xi’an, 710032 China
                [6 ]GRID grid.452438.c, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, , The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, ; 277 Yanta West Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710061 China
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                Oncology & Radiotherapy
                growth arrest-specific 6,cancer cells,tumour microenvironment
                Oncology & Radiotherapy
                growth arrest-specific 6, cancer cells, tumour microenvironment


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