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mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) is a highly conserved serine/threonine protein kinase that has roles in cell metabolism, cell growth and cell survival. Although it has been known for some years that mTOR acts as a hub for inputs from growth factors (in particular insulin and insulin-like growth factors), nutrients and cellular stresses, some of the mechanisms involved are still poorly understood. Recent work has implicated mTOR in a variety of important human pathologies, including cancer, Type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders, heightening interest and accelerating progress in dissecting out the control and functions of mTOR.

Original publication




Journal article


Biochemical Society Transactions


Portland Press Ltd.

Publication Date





213 - 216