Control of tumourigenesis by the Scribble/Dlg/Lgl polarity module Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The neoplastic tumour suppressors, Scribble, Dlg and Lgl, originally discovered in the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster, are currently being actively studied for their potential role in mammalian tumourigenesis. In Drosophila, these tumour suppressors function in a common genetic pathway to regulate apicobasal cell polarity and also play important roles in the control of cell proliferation, survival, differentiation and in cell migration/invasion. The precise mechanism by which Scribble, Dlg and Lgl function is not clear; however, they have been implicated in the regulation of signalling pathways, vesicle trafficking and in the Myosin II-actin cytoskeleton. We review the evidence for the involvement of Scribble, Dlg, and Lgl in cancer, and how the various functions ascribed to these tumour suppressors in Drosophila and mammalian systems may impact on the process of tumourigenesis.

publication date

  • November 2008