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The Snail transcription factor has been described recently as a strong repressor of E-cadherin in epithelial cell lines, where its stable expression leads to the loss of E-cadherin expression and induces epithelial-mesenchymal transitions and an invasive phenotype. The mechanisms regulating Snail expression in development and tumor progression are not yet(More)
The beta-catenin signaling pathway is deregulated in nearly all colon cancers. Nonhypercalcemic vitamin D3 (1alpha,25-dehydroxyvitamin D(3)) analogues are candidate drugs to treat this neoplasia. We show that these compounds promote the differentiation of human colon carcinoma SW480 cells expressing vitamin D receptors (VDRs) (SW480-ADH) but not that of a(More)
Podoplanin is a small membrane mucin expressed in tumors associated with malignant progression. It is enriched at cell-surface protrusions where it colocalizes with members of the ERM (ezrin, radixin, moesin) protein family. Here, we found that human podoplanin directly interacts with ezrin (and moesin) in vitro and in vivo through a cluster of basic amino(More)
The TGF-β (transforming growth factor-β) system signals via protein kinase receptors and Smad mediators to regulate a plethora of biological processes, including morphogenesis, embryonic development, adult stem cell differentiation, immune regulation, wound healing and inflammation. In addition, alterations of specific components of the TGF-β signalling(More)
The expression of the cell-cell adhesion molecules E- and P-cadherin has been analyzed in seven mouse epidermal keratinocyte cell lines representative of different stages of epidermal carcinogenesis. An inverse correlation between the amount of E-cadherin protein and tumorigenicity of the cell lines has been found, together with a complete absence of(More)
Recently, a correlation has been suggested between a loss of E-cadherin (E-CD) and increased invasiveness of neoplastic cells. In this study, E-CD expression in breast cancer was investigated using an affinity-purified antibody (ECCD-2) in an immunoenzymatic (avidin-biotin-alkaline phosphatase) test. Intensity and extension of E-CD immunoreactivity were(More)
Endoglin is a transmembrane glycoprotein that acts as an auxiliary receptor for transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and modulates cellular responses to this pleiotropic cytokine. Endoglin is strongly expressed in endothelial cells, where it appears to exert a crucial role in vascular development and angiogenesis. Two endoglin isoforms (L and S),(More)
he ␤-catenin signaling pathway is deregulated in nearly all colon cancers. Nonhypercalcemic vitamin D3 (1 ␣ ,25-dehydroxyvitamin D 3) analogues are candidate drugs to treat this neoplasia. We show that these compounds promote the differentiation of human colon carcinoma SW480 cells expressing vitamin D receptors (VDRs) (SW480-ADH) but not that of a(More)
PA2.26 antigen was identified as a cell-surface protein induced in epidermal carcinogenesis and skin remodeling processes. PA2.26 is expressed in carcinoma cell lines and cultured fibroblasts but absent in nontumorigenic keratinocytes. In tissues, PA2.26 is present in epithelial cells of the choroid plexus, ependyma, glomerulus and alveolus, in mesothelial(More)
Podoplanin/PA2.26 antigen is a small transmembrane mucin expressed in different types of cancer where it is associated with increased cell migration, invasiveness and metastasis. Little is known about the mechanisms that control podoplanin expression. Here, we show that podoplanin synthesis can be controlled at different levels. We analyzed podoplanin(More)