proto-oncogenes

proto-oncogene

[proh-toh-ong-kuh-jeen]
noun
a normally present gene that appears to have a role in the regulation of normal cell growth, but that is converted to an oncogene by mutation.
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proto-oncogene pro·to-on·co·gene (prō'tō-ŏn'kə-jēn', -ŏng'kə-)
n.
A normal gene that has the potential to transform itself into an oncogene.

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