Molecular genetic abnormalities in the pathogenesis of human lung cancer

E. Forgacs, S. Zöchbauer-Müller, E. Oláh, J. D. Minna

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In the past few years our knowledge of the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer has significantly increased. There are several molecular mechanisms involved in the multistage carcinogenesis through which respiratory epithelial cells become preneoplastic and then invasive cancer. In this review we summarize some of these changes including, genomic alterations such as loss of heterozygosity and microsatellite alterations, autocrine-paracrine loops, alterations in oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, tumor angiogenesis, aberrant promoter methylation and inherited predisposition to lung cancer. Translation of these findings to the clinic is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-13
Number of pages8
JournalPathology and Oncology Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001



  • Angiogenesis
  • Autocrine
  • Cell cycle
  • Methylation
  • Mutation
  • Oncogene
  • Preneoplasia
  • Signal transduction
  • Telomerase
  • Tumor suppressor gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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