Background: Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is one of the only malignancies whose incidence is rising in the United States. Current multidrug treatment for EAC has considerable toxic side effects that necessitate the development of less toxic, more specific target drugs. Recent large scale genomic analysis reveals that TP53 is the most frequently inactivated gene in EAC. One of the primary functions of TP53 and its gene product, the tumor suppressor p53, is in regulation of DNA repair in response to DNA damage.
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