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ras protein

[ răs ]
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n.

A protein that typically promotes cell division when a growth factor is present on the cell surface. Abnormal ras proteins, caused by genetic mutations, stimulate cell division and proliferation in the absence of a growth factor and facilitate the development of various cancers.

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