Virchows Archiv

, Volume 446, Issue 5, pp 475–482 | Cite as

NF-kB in development and progression of human cancer

  • Xavier Dolcet
  • David Llobet
  • Judit Pallares
  • Xavier Matias-Guiu
Review Article


The nuclear factor kB (NF-kB) comprises a family of transcription factors involved in the regulation of a wide variety of biological responses. NF-kB plays a well-known function in the regulation of immune responses and inflammation, but growing evidences support a major role in oncogenesis. NF-kB regulates the expression of genes involved in many processes that play a key role in the development and progression of cancer such as proliferation, migration and apoptosis. Aberrant or constitutive NF-kB activation has been detected in many human malignancies. In recent years, numerous studies have focused on elucidating the functional consequences of NF-kB activation as well as its signaling mechanisms. NF-kB has turned out to be an interesting therapeutic target for treatment of cancer.


NF-kB Cancer Apoptosis 



Supported by grants FISS 01/1656, FISS PI020227, SAF 2004-05250 and 2002XT00115. X.D. holds a postdoctoral fellowship supported by Department d’Universitats, Recerca i Societat de la Informació, Generalitat de Catalunya (2003RED0018). J.P. holds a research fellowship from the Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo (BEFI-02/9007). DLL holds a research fellowship from AECC-Catalunya contra el Cancer-Lleida.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xavier Dolcet
    • 1
  • David Llobet
    • 1
  • Judit Pallares
    • 1
  • Xavier Matias-Guiu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Molecular Genetics, Hospital Universitari Arnau de VilanovaUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain

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