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View in Spanish: PTEN tirosina fosfatasa

PTEN tyrosine phosphatase (…TY-ruh-seen FOS-fuh-tays)
A protein that helps control many cell functions, including cell division and cell death. Mutations (changes) in the gene that makes PTEN tyrosine phosphatase are found in many types of cancer and other diseases. It is a type of tumor suppressor protein. Also called PTEN.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.