Figure 10.14 The role of normal p53 is to monitor DNA and the supply of oxygen (hypoxia is a condition of reduced
oxygen supply). If damage is detected, p53 triggers repair mechanisms. If repairs are unsuccessful, p53 signals
apoptosis. A cell with an abnormal p53 protein cannot repair damaged DNA and thus cannot signal apoptosis.
Cells with abnormal p53 can become cancerous. (credit: modification of work by Thierry Soussi)