Integrin-linked kinase 1: Role in hormonal cancer progression

Valerie Cortez, Binoj C. Nair, Dimple Chakravarty, Ratna K. Vadlamudi

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Integrin-linked kinase 1 (ILK1) is a serine/threonine kinase that plays important roles in a variety of cellular functions including cell survival, migration and angiogenesis. ILK1 is normally expressed in numerous tissues and activated by growth factors, cytokines and hormones. Dysregulation of ILK1 expression or function is found in several hormonal tumors including breast, ovary and prostate. Emerging evidence suggests that ILK overexpression promotes cellular transformation, cell survival, epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), and metastasis of hormonal cancer cells while inhibition of ILK1 reduces tumor growth and progression. The recent development of ILK1 inhibitors has provided novel mechanisms for blocking ILK1 signaling to curb metastasis and therapy resistance of hormonal tumors. This review will focus on recent advances made towards understanding the role of ILK signaling axis in progression of hormonal cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-796
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Bioscience - Scholar
Volume3 S
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • AKT
  • EMT
  • ErbB2
  • Estrogen receptor
  • Hormonal signaling
  • Integrin linked kinase
  • Metastasis
  • Therapy resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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