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An Overview of the Effect of the Wnt Signaling Pathway in Lung Cancer
Corresponding Author(s) : Eda Nur Avşar
Cellular and Molecular Biology,
Vol. 68 No. 8: Issue 8
Wnt signal is known to play a significant role in many cellular processes such as cell proliferation, survival, self-renewal, and differentiation. This pathway has been linked to various types of cancer after the definition of mutations and various dysfunctions after the discovery of this pathway. Lung cancer is a type of maligned cancer caused by the deterioration of cellular homeostasis due to various reasons, such as the unbalanced proliferation of cells in the lung, gene expression change, epigenetic factors, and mutation accumulation. It is the most common type of cancer among all types of cancer. There are also various intracellular signal transmission pathways known to be active or inactive in cancer. Although the role of the Wnt signaling pathway in lung cancer development has not yet been clearly clarified, its role in the development and treatment of cancer is seen as very important. Active Wnt signaling or Wnt-1 is overexpressed in lung cancer. Therefore, targeting the Wnt signal pathway is important in cancer treatment, especially lung cancer. Because by creating a minimal effect on somatic cells, inhibiting tumor growth, and preventing resistance to classic treatment methods such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy is necessary for the treatment of disease. New treatment methods developed to target these changes will find a cure for lung cancer. In fact, its incidence may be reduced.
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