• What is MAP2K1?
  • MAP2K1 in Lung Cancer
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MEK1 (MAP2K1)

MEK1 (also known as MAP2K1) is a serine-threonine protein kinase that is a central mediator in the MAP kinase signaling pathway. As part of the MAP kinase pathway, MEK1 is involved in many cellular processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, and transcriptional regulation.

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Figure 1.
Schematic of the MAPK and PI3K pathways. Growth factor binding to receptor tyrosine kinase results in activation of the MAPK signaling pathway (RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK) and the PI3K pathway (PI3K-AKT-mTOR). The letter "K" within the schema denotes the tyrosine kinase domain.

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Contributors: Christine M. Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., Leora Horn, M.D., M.Sc., William Pao, M.D., Ph.D. (through April 2014)

Suggested Citation: Lovly, C., L. Horn, W. Pao. 2015. MEK1 (MAP2K1). My Cancer Genome https://www.padiracinnovation.org/content/disease/lung-cancer/map2k1/?tab=0 (Updated December 7).

Last Updated: December 7, 2015

MEK1 (MAP2K1) in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Somatic mutations in MEK1 (MAP2K1) have been found in approximately 1% of all NSCLC and are more common in adenocarcinoma than squamous cell carcinoma (Arcila et al. 2014; Marks et al. 2008). In a retrospective study of 36 MEK1-mutated lung adenocarcinoma patient cases, MEK1 mutations were more prevalent in tumors from smokers or former smokers, and there were no other associations with age, sex, race or stage (Arcila et al. 2014). In this series, the most frequently observed mutations were K57N (64%) and Q56P (19%), and MEK1 mutations were mutually exclusive with mutations in EGFR, KRAS, BRAF and other driver mutations (Arcila et al. 2014).

Contributors: Christine M. Lovly, M.D., Ph.D., Leora Horn, M.D., M.Sc., William Pao, M.D., Ph.D. (through April 2014)

Suggested Citation: Lovly, C., L. Horn, W. Pao. 2015. MEK1 (MAP2K1) in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). My Cancer Genome https://www.padiracinnovation.org/content/disease/lung-cancer/map2k1/ (Updated June 18).

Last Updated: June 18, 2015

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