TGF-ß and Tyrosine Kinases: Context in Colorectal Cancer

  • Siva K. P. Konduru
  • Santoshi MuppalaEmail author


Tyrosine kinases and transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) are known to be the hallmark molecules that drive many metastatic cancers, including colorectal cancer (CRC). There is an urgent need to understand the role of these molecules (and their underlying molecular mechanisms) that regulate CRC disease progression. This chapter highlights recent progress made in our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that underlie the TGF-ß signaling pathway in CRC growth. The role of TGF-ß in promoting pro-angiogenic events such as epithelial to mesenchymal transition, invasion, and migration is revealed. We also discuss the importance of different tyrosine kinases as metastatic drivers of TGF-ß-regulated CRC pathogenesis, as well as noting different therapeutic products and genes that can inhibit the TGF-ß signaling pathway, which itself contributes to CRC progression. In short, this essential chapter discusses the overall role of tyrosine kinases in TGF-ß-implicated CRC progression.


Colorectal cancer Tyrosine kinases Transforming growth factor-ß Metastasis 



Cluster of differentiation 24


Colorectal cancer


Endothelial cells


Extracellular matrix


Epidermal growth factor receptor


Epithelial-mesenchymal transition


Lymphoid enhancer factor


Platelet-derived growth factor receptor B


Serine threonine tyrosine kinase 1


Transforming growth factor-ß




Vascular endothelial growth factor


Wingless-type MMTV integration site family member


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical ImagingSangre GrandeTrinidad and Tobago
  2. 2.Department of Molecular CardiologyLerner Research Institute, Cleveland ClinicClevelandUSA

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