Special Issue "MET in Cancer"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Livio Trusolino
Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology, Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (IRCC), University of Torino Medical School, 10060 Candiolo, Torino, Italy
Website: http://www.ircc.it/irccit/?q=node/32
E-Mail: livio.trusolino@ircc.it
Phone: +39 011 993 3202
Fax: +39 011 993 3225
Interests: MET oncogene; tyrosine kinase signalling; anti-cancer targeted therapies; genetic determinants of response and resistance; preclinical animal models; molecular pathology of colorectal cancer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue invites investigators to contribute original research reports as well as review articles that describe studies on the MET oncogene.

The MET oncogene encodes the tyrosine kinase receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). MET signaling triggers pro-mitogenic and anti-apoptotic pathways that sustain tumor growth and progression in several cancer settings. Accordingly, relentless activation of MET due to protein overexpression or gain-of-function genetic abnormalities is a hallmark of several malignancies and correlates with aggressive disease. Recent drug development efforts have led to the characterization of several MET-blocking reagents, including monoclonal antibodies and small molecule inhibitors, some of which have entered clinical trials. The challenge now is to leverage what is known about MET genetics, signals and functions for molecularly-based stratification of patients potentially responsive to MET inhibition.

Tentative topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Insights into the signaling mechanisms of MET activity: receptor recycling, degradation, and signal compartmentalization.
  • Predictive biomarkers of response and resistance to MET inhibitors
  • Tumor settings that might benefit from rational treatment with MET inhibitors
  • MET activation and resistance to targeted therapies
  • MET in the tumor microenvironment

Prof. Dr. Livio Trusolino
Guest Editor


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  • cell migration and invasion
  • prognostic and predictive biomarkers
  • MET inhibitors
  • MET-dependent signal transduction pathways
  • oncogene addiction
  • tumor-stroma interactions

Published Papers (5 papers)

by , , ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1736-1752; doi:10.3390/cancers6031736
Received: 28 May 2014; in revised form: 22 July 2014 / Accepted: 31 July 2014 / Published: 19 August 2014
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by ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1631-1669; doi:10.3390/cancers6031631
Received: 30 May 2014; in revised form: 4 August 2014 / Accepted: 4 August 2014 / Published: 12 August 2014
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by , , , ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(3), 1540-1552; doi:10.3390/cancers6031540
Received: 21 May 2014; in revised form: 13 July 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
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by ,  and
Cancers 2014, 6(1), 1-27; doi:10.3390/cancers6010001
Received: 1 October 2013; in revised form: 6 December 2013 / Accepted: 6 December 2013 / Published: 19 December 2013
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by  and
Cancers 2013, 5(4), 1601-1618; doi:10.3390/cancers5041601
Received: 15 October 2013; in revised form: 12 November 2013 / Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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Last update: 11 November 2013

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