Special Issue "Kinases and Cancer"


A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jonas Cicenas
CALIPHO Group, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CMU - 1, rue Michel Servet, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Website: http://www.mapkinases.eu/founder
E-Mail: j.cicenas@mapkinases.eu
Phone: +41 22 379 58 74
Fax: +41 22 379 58 58
Interests: breast cancer; prostate cancer; acute myeloid leukemia (AML); kinases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Protein phosphorylation is one of the most critical mechanisms for regulating various cellular functions. Consequently, protein kinase dysfunctions have been associated with the development of various types and subtypes of human cancers. Some examples include amplification and overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and the ERBB2 receptor in lung and breast tumors, mutation of the BRAF oncogene in a wide range of human tumors, and the chromosomal translocation known as the Philadelphia chromosome, which results in ABL1 tyrosine kinase activation.
In the drug discovery field, despite early skepticism on the potential and selectivity of protein kinase inhibitors, enormous progress has been made. New classes of drugs, such as antibodies to receptors, and small-molecule inhibitors, were developed and tested in the clinics. The success of such drugs (e.g., imatinib and trastuzumab) encouraged development of new, second-generation drugs, which target protein kinases in cancer. Moreover, kinases have been shown to be invaluable diagnostic, prognostic, and predictive biomarkers for many types of cancers. In addition to protein kinases, lipid kinases, such as phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) and phosphatidylinositol-4-kinase (PI4K), have also been involved in the pathology of many tumors. In this issue of Cancers, “Kinases and Cancers”, experts are invited to contribute original research papers or review articles that will provide further insights on the various functions of kinases in cancers, and on their role as drug targets and biomarkers.

Dr. Jonas Cicenas (EMB of Cancers)
Guest Editor


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  • kinase inhibitors in cancer therapy
  • monoclonal antibodies against kinases in cancer therapy
  • kinases as oncogenes
  • kinases as tumor supressors
  • kinases as biomarkers
  • protein phosphorylation and cancer

Published Papers (4 papers)

Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1487-1499; doi:10.3390/cancers6031487
Received: 4 April 2014; in revised form: 30 June 2014 / Accepted: 2 July 2014 / Published: 8 July 2014
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Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1441-1463; doi:10.3390/cancers6031441
Received: 14 April 2014; in revised form: 24 June 2014 / Accepted: 26 June 2014 / Published: 7 July 2014
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Cancers 2014, 6(2), 860-878; doi:10.3390/cancers6020860
Received: 26 February 2014; in revised form: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 1 April 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
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Cancers 2013, 5(3), 901-918; doi:10.3390/cancers5030901
Received: 5 June 2013; in revised form: 4 July 2013 / Accepted: 4 July 2013 / Published: 24 July 2013
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Last update: 22 August 2013

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