Recent proteomic advances in developmental, regeneration, and cancer governing signaling pathways

Catarina Franco, Sonja Hess

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Embryonic development, adult tissue repair, and cancer share a number of common regulating pathways. The basic processes that govern the events that induce mesenchymal properties in epithelial cells-a process known as epithelial-mesenchymal transition-are central for embryonic development, and can be resumed in adults either during wound healing or tissue regeneration. A misregulation of these pathways is involved in pathological situations, such as tissue fibrosis and cancer. Proteomic approaches have emerged as promising tools to better understand the signaling pathways that govern these complex biological processes. This review focuses on the recent proteomic-based contributions to better understand the modulation of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), wingless-type MMTV integration site family (Wnt), Notch and Receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling pathways. New advances include the description of new protein interactions, the formation of new protein complexes or the description on how some PTMs are regulating these pathways. Understanding protein interactions and the tempo-spatial modulation of these pathways might lead us to interesting research quests in cancer, embryonic development or even on improving adult tissue regeneration capabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1014-1025
Number of pages12
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015


  • Animal proteomics
  • LC-MS/MS
  • Nervous system
  • Systems biology
  • Tissue


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