P53 and Apoptosis in the Drosophila Model

  • Lei ZhouEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1167)


Human P53 (HsP53) is the most frequently mutated gene associated with cancers. Despite heightened research interest over the last four decades, a clear picture of how wild type HsP53 functions as the guardian against malignant transformation remains elusive. Studying the ortholog of P53 in the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster (DmP53) has revealed many interesting insights. This chapter focuses on recent findings that have shed light on how DmP53 -mediated apoptosis plays an important role in maintaining genome integrity, and how the immediate output of activated DmP53 is determined by the epigenetic landscape of individual cells.


Apoptosis Cancer Corp Epigenetics DNA damage Transposable element P53 MDM2 



Research work in the author’s lab was supported in part by NIH grants GM106174 & GM110477. The author is grateful for helpful comments and editing by Jasmine Ayers and Haya Ghannouma.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UF Health Cancer Center, College of MedicineUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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