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Role of the CDK inhibitor p27 (Kip1) in mammary development and carcinogenesis: insights from knockout mice


The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27 (Kip1) is an important cell cycle regulatory gene in breast cancer, and decreased p27 expression is associated with poor prognosis. Some investigations of its role in mammary development have demonstrated reduced cyclin D1 expression and consequent lack of lobuloalveolar development, but others have found increased cyclin E-Cdk2 activity and increased proliferation balanced by increased apoptosis. It is unclear at present why these apparently divergent results have been obtained. Mice with reduced p27 gene dosage alone do not develop mammary carcinomas but do display substantially shorter tumor latency upon overexpression of erbB2, consistent with a role for p27 as a mammary tumor suppressor gene. In this review we summarize these and other data addressing the role of p27 in normal mammary epithelium and experimental models of mammary carcinogenesis.

Type Journal
ISBN 1083-3021 (Print)
Authors Musgrove, E. A.;Davison, E. A.;Ormandy, C. J. :
Publisher Name J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia
Published Date 2004-01-01
Published Volume 9
Published Issue 1
Published Pages 55-66
Status Published in-print
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