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Drugging Hedgehog: signaling the pathway to translation

Tom J Carney and Philip W Ingham*

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Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, 61 Biopolis Drive, Proteos, Singapore 138673

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BMC Biology 2013, 11:37  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-37

Published: 15 April 2013

Abstract

First discovered in Drosophila, the Hedgehog signaling pathway controls a wide range of developmental processes and is implicated in a variety of cancers. The success of a screen for chemical modulators of this pathway, published in 2002, opened a new chapter in the quest to translate the results of basic developmental biology research into therapeutic applications. Small molecule pathway agonists are now used to program stem cells, whilst antagonists are proving effective as anti-cancer therapies.