Nuclear Morphological Abnormalities in Cancer: A Search for Unifying Mechanisms. Academic Article uri icon


  • Irregularities in nuclear shape and/or alterations to nuclear size are a hallmark of malignancy in a broad range of cancer types. Though these abnormalities are commonly used for diagnostic purposes and are often used to assess cancer progression in the clinic, the mechanisms through which they occur are not well understood. Nuclear size alterations in cancer could potentially arise from aneuploidy, changes in osmotic coupling with the cytoplasm, and perturbations to nucleocytoplasmic transport. Nuclear shape changes may occur due to alterations to cell-generated mechanical stresses and/or alterations to nuclear structural components, which balance those stresses, such as the nuclear lamina and chromatin. A better understanding of the mechanisms underlying abnormal nuclear morphology and size may allow the development of new therapeutics to target nuclear aberrations in cancer.

published proceedings

  • Results Probl Cell Differ

author list (cited authors)

  • Singh, I., & Lele, T. P.

complete list of authors

  • Singh, Ishita||Lele, Tanmay P

publication date

  • November 2022