Cancer, a set of diseases characterized by abnormal cell growth resulting from alteration in the expression pattern of diverse genes, is one of the prominent causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. This modification of various genes leads to altered signalling cascades and changes in the molecular network. These changes eventually give rise to cellular dysfunction and then to systemic failure causing death. Of the several pathways that are aberrantly activated in cancer, Notch signalling pathway is a prominent one. Notch signalling pathway is a juxtracrine signalling pathway which activates the genes associated with cell proliferation, survival and angiogenesis. Notch signalling pathway components are seen to be upregulated in several types of cancer. Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) is a predominant category of oral cancer where aberrant activation of Notch signalling causes tumour progression and metastasis. In this review, we discuss the Notch signalling pathway, its components, forms and its role in the progression and metastasis of oral squamous cell carcinoma.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders - Drug Targets|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2021|