K-ras gene

Definition / meaning of K-ras gene

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

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

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