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The role of Hippo signal pathway in breast cancer metastasis

Authors Wei C, Wang Y, Li X

Received 14 November 2017

Accepted for publication 7 March 2018

Published 17 April 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 2185—2193


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Editor who approved publication: Dr XuYu Yang

Changran Wei,1 Ying Wang,2 Xiangqi Li1

1Department of Breast Surgery, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, Tai’an, Shandong Province, China; 2Rehabilitation Medicine, Affiliated Hospital of Taishan Medical University, Tai’an, Shandong Province, China

Abstract: The Hippo pathway is a novel and highly conserved mammalian signaling pathway. Mutations and altered expression of core Hippo pathway components promote the migration, invasion, malignancy, and chemotherapy resistance of breast cancer cells. In cancer metastasis, tumor cells must detach from the primary tumor, invade surrounding tissue, and enter and survive in a foreign microenvironment. The metastatic potential of breast cancer is closely related to individual patient genetic profile. Nevertheless, the exact molecular mechanism that regulates the Hippo pathway in breast cancer metastasis is yet to be fully elucidated. This article discusses the function and regulation of the Hippo pathway, with focus given to its role in the context of breast cancer metastasis.

Keywords: breast cancer, Hippo signal pathway, metastasis

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