• Nils Cordes
Part of the Cancer Metastasis – Biology and Treatment book series (CMBT, volume 9)


Existent or acquired resistance of tumor cells against genotoxic agents such as ionizing radiation or cytotoxic drugs is a widespread and clinically highly relevant phenomenon. Identifying cell-extracellular matrix interactions as critical, survival-improving factors within cellular resistance for normal and tumor cells has promoted intense research in this field. This chapter summarizes current and emerging data on how the molecular players such as integrins and intracellular protein kinases such as integrin-linked kinase and focal adhesion kinase coordinate signaling events for the cellular survival and growth response in DNA-damaged cells adherent to matrix proteins. Uncovering the molecular mechanisms may help to dissect central survival regulators in normal versus tumor tissue, which would provide the necessary knowledge for developing further innovative molecular-targeted anticancer strategies.


Focal Adhesion Kinase Focal Adhesion Integrin Expression Small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Integrin Signaling Mediator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nils Cordes
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  1. 1.OcoRay-Radiation Research in Oncology, Medical Faculty Carl Gustav CarusUniversity of TechnologyDresdenGermany

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