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Journal archive > 2009 > N 6 November-December

ONCOGENES RET/PTC AND MECHANISMS OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THYROID CANCEROGENESIS

L. G. Voskoboynyk

State Institution V. P. Komissarenko Institute of Endocrinology and Methabolism,
Academy of Medical Scienses of Ukraine, Кyiv;
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Papillary thyroid carcinomas are the most common type of thyroid oncopathology, and are rather often associated with the expression of RET/PTC oncogens. The first oncogen RET/PTC1 was isolated more than 20 years ago. Now 13 different forms of RET/PTC are known, and 12 different partner-genes are described, that could be involved in formation of RET/PTC oncogenes. The most common of them are RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3 forms. The great majority of oncogens RET/PTC, except for two – ELKS-RET and HOOK3-RET, have been founded in radioaction-induced thyroid tumors. There is an opinion that the key role in development of papillary thyroid carcinomas belongs to RET/PTC oncogens. The data about different types of RET/PTC oncogens, factors, that lead to their formation have been described in the present review. Also different mechanisms of activation of transduction pathways and gene’s expression in thyroid cells after RET/PTC induction have been presented.

Key words: papillary thyroid carcinoma, oncogen RET/PTC, receptor tyrosine kinase.

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