Two genetic hits (more or less) to cancer

  title={Two genetic hits (more or less) to cancer},
  author={Alfred G. Knudson},
  journal={Nature Reviews Cancer},
  • A. Knudson
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Biology
  • Nature Reviews Cancer
Most cancers have many chromosomal abnormalities, both in number and in structure, whereas some show only a single aberration. In the era before molecular biology, cancer researchers, studying both human and animal cancers, proposed that a small number of events was needed for carcinogenesis. Evidence from the recent molecular era also indicates that cancers can arise from small numbers of events that affect common cell birth and death processes. 

Chromosomal abnormalities in cancer.

The authors point out that some of the chromosomal abnormalities have revealed targets for cancer treatment, and others have clinical application in the diagnosis of certain types of neoplasms and in the formulation of a prognosis.

The significance of unstable chromosomes in colorectal cancer

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Molecular Models of Cancer Development

Cause and metabolic pathways of oncogenesis and the influence of the environmental factors on cancer (Epigenetics) and a new paradigm related to Retinoblastoma, a hereditary human malignancy which may involve orbit secondarily, is offered.

Aneuploidy and cancer

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The Role of Chromosome Deletions in Human Cancers.

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Sequence Mutations of Genes Pertaining to Malignancy in Cancer

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T theoretical analysis and experimental data from sporadic colorectal tumours provide little general evidence of genomic instability in early lesions, raising the question of whether or not genomic instability is necessary for driving tumour growth, andWhether or not it is the usual initiating event in tumorigenesis.

CIN-ful cancers

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A History of Cancer Research: Tumor Suppressor Genes.

  • J. Lipsick
  • Biology
    Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology
  • 2020
In this excerpt from his forthcoming book on the history of cancer research, Joe Lipsick looks back at the discovery of tumor suppressor genes, covering the early work on cell fusion by Henry Harris, Knudson's two-hit hypothesis, the genetic mapping studies that first identified the RB gene, and subsequent work on silencing.



Genetic instabilities in human cancers

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The onset and extent of genomic instability in sporadic colorectal tumor progression.

These results support the model of genomic instability being a cause rather than an effect of malignancy, facilitating vastly accelerated somatic cell evolution, with the observed orderly steps of the colon cancer progression pathway reflecting the consequences of natural selection.

Cancer genetics: from Boveri and Mendel to microarrays

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Model for the incidence of embryonal cancers: application to retinoblastoma.

  • H. HethcoteA. Knudson
  • Medicine
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1978
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Evidence that genetic instability occurs at an early stage of colorectal tumorigenesis.

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Germ line p53 mutations in a familial syndrome of breast cancer, sarcomas, and other neoplasms.

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Mutation and Human Cancer

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