DNA replication fidelity and cancer

Bradley D. Preston, Tina M. Albertson, Alan J. Herr

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Cancer is fueled by mutations and driven by adaptive selection. Normal cells avoid deleterious mutations by replicating their genomes with extraordinary accuracy. Here we review the pathways governing DNA replication fidelity and discuss evidence implicating replication errors (point mutation instability or PIN) in carcinogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-293
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Cancer Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • DNA polymerase
  • Mismatch repair
  • Mutator
  • Proofreading

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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