Cancer and Metastasis Reviews

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 359–374

FAK regulates biological processes important for the pathogenesis of cancer


  • Veronica Gabarra-Niecko
    • Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
    • Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
    • Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Comprehensive Center for Inflammatory Disorders
    • Center for Thrombosis and HemostasisUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jill M. Dunty
    • Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023725029589

Cite this article as:
Gabarra-Niecko, V., Schaller, M.D. & Dunty, J.M. Cancer Metastasis Rev (2003) 22: 359. doi:10.1023/A:1023725029589


Since its initial discovery as a substrate and binding partner for the Src oncogene, a role for the focal adhesion kinase (FAK) in cancer has been speculated. In this review the clinical evidence correlating FAK overexpression with cancer and the experimental evidence demonstrating that FAK can control some phenotypes associated with cancer will be discussed. In addition, the emerging theme of interactions between the FAK and growth factor signaling pathways will be described. The evidence presented in this review provides a compelling case for a role for FAK in the pathology of human cancer.

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