tumor suppressor gene

Pronunciation: (TOO-mer suh-PREH-ser jeen)

A type of gene that makes a protein called a tumor suppressor protein that helps control cell growth. Mutations (changes in DNA) in tumor suppressor genes may lead to cancer. Also called antioncogene.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

A type of gene that regulates cell growth. When a tumor suppressor gene is mutated, uncontrolled cell growth may occur. This may contribute to the development of cancer. Also called antioncogene.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-06-15