H-ras gene

Definition / meaning of H-ras gene

A gene that may cause cancer when it is mutated (changed). The H-ras gene makes the HRAS protein, which is involved in cell signaling pathways, cell growth, and apoptosis (cell death). Agents that block the actions of the mutated H-ras gene or its protein in cancer cells may stop the growth of cancer. Also called Hras gene.

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National Cancer Institute - Dictionary of Cancer Terms (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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