Immunoregulatory network and cancer-associated genes: Molecular links and relevance to aging

Robi Tacutu, Arie Budovsky, Hagai Yanai, Marina Wolfson, Vadim Fraifeld

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Although different aspects of cancer immunity are a subject of intensive investigation, an integrative view on the possible molecular links between immunoregulators and cancer-associated genes has not yet been fully considered. In an attempt to get more insights on the problem, we analyzed these links from a network perspective. We showed that the immunoregulators could be organized into a miRNA-regulated PPI network-the immunoregulatory network. This network has numerous links with cancer, including (i) cancerassociated immunoregulators, (ii) direct and indirect protein-protein interactions (through the common protein partners), and (iii) common miRNAs. These links may largely determine the interactions between the host's immunity and cancer, supporting the possibility for co-expression and post-transcriptional co-regulation of immunoregulatory and cancer genes. In addition, the connection between immunoregulation and cancer may lie within the realm of cancer-predisposing conditions, such as chronic inflammation and fibroproliferative repair. A gradual, age-related deterioration of the integrity and functionality of the immunoregulatory network could contribute to impaired immunity and generation of cancer-predisposing conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-120
Number of pages9
JournalNetwork Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011


  • Aging
  • Cancer genes
  • Immunoregulators
  • Micro RNAs (miRNAs)
  • PPI network
  • Protein-protein interactions (PPI)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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