UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Cancer Biology
Cell Cycle Proteins
cdc42 GTP-Binding Protein, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
rac GTP-Binding Proteins
rap GTP-Binding Proteins
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AbstractIt is becoming clear that Ras proteins mediate their diverse biological functions by binding to, and participating in, the activation of multiple downstream targets. Recent work has identified nucleotide-exchange factors for Ral-GTPases as the newest members of the set of putative Ras 'effector molecules'. This new work has also detected two potential downstream targets of Ral proteins, a novel CDC42/Rac GTPase-activating protein and a phospholipase D.
SourceTrends Biochem Sci. 1996 Nov;21(11):438-41.
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