The role of hippo pathway in cancer stem cell biology

Jae Hyung Park, Ji Eun Shin, Hyun Woo Park

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The biological significance and deregulation of the Hippo pathway during organ growth and tumorigenesis have received a surge of interest in the past decade. The Hippo pathway core kinases, MST1/2 and LATS1/2, are tumor suppressors that inhibit the oncogenic nuclear function of YAP/TAZ and TEAD. In addition to earlier studies that highlight the role of Hippo pathway in organ size control, cell proliferation, and tumor development, recent evidence demonstrates its critical role in cancer stem cell biology, including EMT, drug resistance, and self-renewal. Here we provide a brief overview of the regulatory mechanisms of the Hippo pathway, its role in cancer stem cell biology, and promising therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalMolecules and cells
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We apologize to those colleagues whose work was not cited because of space limitation. This work was supported by a grant of the Korea Health Technology R&D Project through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant number: HI17C1560), and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MOE) (2017R1D1A1B03034797) and (MSIP) (2017R1A4A1015328) to H.W.P.

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© The Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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