MEK

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MEK, also known as Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase and MAP2K, is a kinase enzyme that phosphorylates mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPKs), ERK, p38 and JNK. Seven MEK subtypes have so far been identified; MEK1 and MEK2 activate ERK, MEK3 and MEK4 activate p38 and MEK5 and MEK6 activate JNK. Upon activation, MAPKs can phosphorylate a variety of intracellular targets including transcription factors, transcriptional adaptor proteins, membrane and cytoplasmic substrates, and other protein kinases.

MEK is a key enzyme in the Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK signal transduction pathway and mediates cellular responses to different growth signals. This pathway is frequently deregulated in cancer, which makes these enzymes a candiate target for pharmacological antineoplastic treatment.

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Gene Species Gene Symbol Gene Accession No. Protein Accession No.
MEK1 Human MAP2K1 NM_002755 Q02750
Mouse Map2k1 NM_008927 P31938
Rat Map2k1 NM_031643 Q01986
MEK2 Human MAP2K2 NM_030662 P36507
Mouse Map2k2 NM_023138 Q63932
Rat Map2k2 NM_133283 P36506
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Literature for MEK

Cancer Research Product Guide

A collection of over 750 products for cancer research, the guide includes research tools for the study of:

  • Cancer Metabolism
  • Epigenetics in Cancer
  • Receptor Signaling
  • Cell Cycle and DNA Damage Repair
  • Angiogenesis
  • Invasion and Metastasis
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Cancer Research Product Guide
Kinases Product Listing

A collection of over 400 products for kinase research, the listing includes inhibitors of:

  • Receptor Tyrosine Kinases
  • Protein Kinases A, C, D and G
  • PI-3 Kinase, Akt and mTOR
  • MAPK Signaling
  • Receptor Serine/Threonine Kinases
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Kinases Product Listing
Pain Research Product Guide

A collection of over 250 products for pain research, the guide includes research tools for the study of:

  • Nociception
  • Ion Channels
  • G-Protein-Coupled Receptors
  • Intracellular Signaling
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Pain Research Product Guide
MAPK Signaling Scientific Review

MAP kinase signaling is integral to the regulation of numerous cellular processes such as proliferation and differentiation, and as a result is an important focus of cancer research. This review discusses the regulation of the MAPK pathway and properties of MAPK cascades. Compounds available from Tocris are listed.

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MAPK Signaling Scientific Review
Angiogenesis Life Science Poster

Written by Yongping Crawford and Napoleone Ferrara, this poster highlights major targets for antiangiogenic therapy, namely tumor- and stromal cell-derived pathways. Intrinsic and acquired resistance are described; antiangiogenic therapies targeting the VEGF pathway are also summarized. Compounds available from Tocris are listed.

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Angiogenesis Life Science Poster
MAPK Signaling Pathway
MAPK Signaling Pathway

The mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway evokes an intracellular signaling cascade in response to extracellular stimuli such as heat and stress. It can influence cell division, metabolism and survival.

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Cancer Research Product Guide

Cancer Research Product Guide

Our Cancer Research Guide highlights over 750 products for cancer research. Request copy or view PDF today.

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Kinase Inhibitor Toolbox

80 Kinase inhibitors
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Kinase Inhibitor Toolbox

Includes many of the latest kinase inhibitors to become commercially available. Covers a wide range of kinase targets including EGFR, MAPK and CDK.

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Kinases Product Listing

Kinases Product Listing

Our Kinase listing highlights over 400 products for kinase research. Request copy or view PDF today.

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Pain Research Product Guide

Pain Research Product Guide

Our Pain guide highlights over 280 products for Pain research. Request copy or view PDF today.

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MAPK Signaling Review

Written by E. Zaganjor & M. Cobb

MAPK Signaling Scientific Review

Our MAPK signaling review gives an overview of the MAPK signaling cascade and summarizes small molecule inhibitors of the pathway. Request copy or view PDF today.

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VEGF Pathway & Anti-Angiogenic Therapy

Written by N. Ferrara & Y. Crawford

Angiogenesis Life Science Poster

A summary of antiangiogenic therapies targeting the VEGF pathway and the mechanisms of therapy resistance. Request copy today.

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MAPK Pathway

MAPK Signaling Pathway

The MAPK family kinases respond to extracellular stimuli such as heat and stress to mediate intracellular signals. View pathway or download PDF today.

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