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The Dual Role of TAM Receptors in Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer: An Overview

Cancer Genomics Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cape Town 7925, South Africa
Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia 74690-900, GO, Brazil
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Cells 2018, 7(10), 166;
Received: 5 September 2018 / Revised: 5 October 2018 / Accepted: 9 October 2018 / Published: 12 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Receptor Tyrosine Kinases in Health and Disease)
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) regulate cellular processes by converting signals from the extracellular environment to the cytoplasm and nucleus. Tyro3, Axl, and Mer (TAM) receptors form an RTK family that plays an intricate role in tissue maintenance, phagocytosis, and inflammation as well as cell proliferation, survival, migration, and development. Defects in TAM signaling are associated with numerous autoimmune diseases and different types of cancers. Here, we review the structure of TAM receptors, their ligands, and their biological functions. We discuss the role of TAM receptors and soluble circulating TAM receptors in the autoimmune diseases systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Lastly, we discuss the effect of TAM receptor deregulation in cancer and explore the therapeutic potential of TAM receptors in the treatment of diseases. View Full-Text
Keywords: autoimmune disease; Axl; cancer; Mer; TAM receptors; Tyro3 autoimmune disease; Axl; cancer; Mer; TAM receptors; Tyro3
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Wium, M.; Paccez, J.D.; Zerbini, L.F. The Dual Role of TAM Receptors in Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer: An Overview. Cells 2018, 7, 166.

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