Recent advances in searching c-Myc transcriptional cofactors during tumorigenesis

Matteo Caforio, Cristina Sorino, Stefano Iacovelli, Maurizio Fanciulli, Franco Locatelli, Valentina Folgiero

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Background: The mechanism by which c-Myc exerts its oncogenic functions is not completely clear and different hypotheses are still under investigation. The knowledge of the capacity of c-Myc to bind exclusively E-box sequences determined the discrepancy between, on the one hand, genomic studies showing the binding of c-Myc to all active promoters and, on the other hand, the evidence that only 60% or less of the binding sites have E-box sequences. Main body: In this review, we provide support to the hypothesis that the cooperation of c-Myc with transcriptional cofactors mediates c-Myc-induced cellular functions. We produce evidence that recently identified cofactors are involved in c-Myc control of survival mechanisms of cancer cells. Conclusion: The identification of new c-Myc cofactors could favor the development of therapeutic strategies able to compensate the difficulty of targeting c-Myc.

Original languageEnglish
Article number239
JournalJournal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 27 2018


  • c-Myc
  • Transcription cofactors
  • Tumorigenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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