Nancy Gavert

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The development of metastasis requires the movement and invasion of cancer cells from the primary tumor into the surrounding tissue. To acquire such invasive abilities, epithelial cancer cells must undergo several phenotypic changes. Some of these, including alterations in cell adhesion and migration, are reminiscent of those observed during the(More)
Aberrant beta-catenin-TCF target gene activation plays a key role in colorectal cancer, both in the initiation stage and during invasion and metastasis. We identified the neuronal cell adhesion molecule L1, as a target gene of beta-catenin-TCF signaling in colorectal cancer cells. L1 expression was high in sparse cultures and coregulated with ADAM10, a(More)
Cancer cells become metastatic by acquiring a motile and invasive phenotype. This step requires remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton and the expression of exploratory, sensory organelles known as filopodia. Aberrant beta-catenin-TCF target gene activation plays a major role in colorectal cancer development. We identified fascin1, a key component of(More)
L1, a neuronal cell adhesion receptor of the immunoglobulin-like protein family is expressed in invading colorectal cancer (CRC) cells as a target gene of Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Overexpression of L1 in CRC cells enhances cell motility and proliferation, and confers liver metastasis. We recently identified ezrin and the IκB-NF-κB pathway as essential for(More)
A coordinated integration of cell-cell adhesion and the control of gene expression is essential for the development of multicellular, differentiated organisms. beta-Catenin fulfils important regulatory functions in both cell-cell adhesion by linking cadherin adhesion receptors to the cytoskeleton, and also as a key element in the Wnt signaling pathway where(More)
L1-CAM, a neuronal cell adhesion receptor, is also expressed in a variety of cancer cells. Recent studies identified L1-CAM as a target gene of beta-catenin-T-cell factor (TCF) signaling expressed at the invasive front of human colon cancer tissue. We found that L1-CAM expression in colon cancer cells lacking L1-CAM confers metastatic capacity, and mice(More)
BACKGROUND L1-cell adhesion molecule (L1-CAM) is a cell adhesion receptor of the immunoglobulin superfamily, known for its roles in nerve cell function. While originally believed to be present only in brain cells, in recent years L1-CAM has been detected in other tissues, and in a variety of cancer cells, including some common types of human cancer. (More)
Overactivation of Wnt-β-catenin signaling, including β-catenin-TCF target gene expression, is a hallmark of colorectal cancer (CRC) development. We identified the immunoglobulin family of cell-adhesion receptors member L1 as a β-catenin-TCF target gene preferentially expressed at the invasive edge of human CRC tissue. L1 can confer enhanced motility and(More)
Understanding the progression of a primary cancer to the metastatic stage has been the focus of extensive research for years. Commonly accepted concepts in this process (i.e., that of genetic instability and loss of normal cellular constraints on growth and motility) are well established. Other important paradigms, such as the necessary change from an(More)
Nr-CAM, a cell-cell adhesion molecule of the immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule family, known for its function in neuronal outgrowth and guidance, was recently identified as a target gene of beta-catenin signaling in human melanoma and colon carcinoma cells and tissue. Retrovirally mediated transduction of Nr-CAM into fibroblasts induces cell(More)