Emerging links between control of mitochondrial protein atad3a and cancer

Liwei Lang, Reid Loveless, Yong Teng

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Spanning from the mitochondria’s outer surface to the inner membrane, the nuclear-encoded protein ATAD3A maintains vital roles in regulating mitochondrial dynamics, homeostasis, metabolism, and interactions with the endoplasmic reticulum. Recently, elevated levels of ATAD3A have been reported in several types of cancer and to be tightly correlated with cancer development and progression, including increased cancer cell potential of proliferation, metastasis, and resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In the current review, we reveal ATAD3A as the link between mitochondrial functions and cancer biology and the accumulating evidence presenting ATAD3A as an attractive target for the development of novel cancer therapy to inhibit aberrant cancer metabolism and progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7917
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • ATAD3A
  • Cancer
  • Drug target
  • Metabolism
  • Mitochondria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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