Effective neurofibromatosis therapeutics blocking the oncogenic kinase PAK1.

  title={Effective neurofibromatosis therapeutics blocking the oncogenic kinase PAK1.},
  author={H. Maruta},
  journal={Drug discoveries & therapeutics},
  volume={5 6},
  • H. Maruta
  • Published 2011
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Drug discoveries & therapeutics
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a family of genetic diseases which are caused by dysfunction of either NF1 gene or NF2 gene. One in 3,000 people suffer from this tumor-carrying NF. NF1 gene product is a RAS GTPase activating protein (GAP) of 2,818 amino acids, which normally attenuates the GTP-dependent signal transducing activity of the G protein RAS. Dysfunction of this GAP leads to the abnormal activation of RAS, and eventually an oncogenic kinase called PAK1 as well. NF2 gene product is ''Merlin… Expand
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