Functional link between plasma membrane spatiotemporal dynamics, cancer biology, and dietary membrane-altering agents. Academic Article uri icon


  • The cell plasma membrane serves as a nexus integrating extra- and intracellular components, which together enable many of the fundamental cellular signaling processes that sustain life. In order to perform this key function, plasma membrane components assemble into well-defined domains exhibiting distinct biochemical and biophysical properties that modulate various signaling events. Dysregulation of these highly dynamic membrane domains can promote oncogenic signaling. Recently, it has been demonstrated that select membrane-targeted dietary bioactives (MTDBs) have the ability to remodel plasma membrane domains and subsequently reduce cancer risk. In this review, we focus on the importance of plasma membrane domain structural and signaling functionalities as well as how loss of membrane homeostasis can drive aberrant signaling. Additionally, we discuss the intricacies associated with the investigation of these membrane domain features and their associations with cancer biology. Lastly, we describe the current literature focusing on MTDBs, including mechanisms of chemoprevention and therapeutics in order to establish a functional link between these membrane-altering biomolecules, tuning of plasma membrane hierarchal organization, and their implications in cancer prevention.

published proceedings

  • Cancer Metastasis Rev

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Erazo-Oliveras, A., Fuentes, N. R., Wright, R. C., & Chapkin, R. S.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Erazo-Oliveras, Alfredo||Fuentes, Natividad R||Wright, Rachel C||Chapkin, Robert S

publication date

  • September 2018