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Previously, we reported the identification of a novel immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule hepaCAM that is frequently downregulated and inhibits cell growth in hepatocellular carcinoma. In this study, we show that the expression of hepaCAM is suppressed in diverse human cancers. Aiming to evaluate the biological role of hepaCAM in breast cancer, we(More)
In addition to mediating cell adhesion, many cell adhesion molecules act as tumor suppressors. These proteins are capable of restricting cell growth mainly through contact inhibition. Alterations of these cell adhesion molecules are a common event in cancer. The resulting loss of cell-cell and/or cell-extracellular matrix adhesion promotes cell growth as(More)
We have recently identified a novel gene, hepaCAM, in liver that encodes a cell adhesion molecule of the immunoglobulin superfamily. In this study, we examined the characteristics of hepaCAM protein and the relationship between its structure and function, in particular its adhesive properties. The wild-type and the cytoplasmic domain-truncated mutants of(More)
Previously, we reported the identification of a novel immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule hepaCAM that promotes cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) interactions including cell adhesion and motility. Cell-ECM interactions are known to be directed by the actin cytoskeleton. In this study, we examined the association of hepaCAM with the actin cytoskeleton.(More)
Subsequent to our identification of a novel immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule hepaCAM, we showed that hepaCAM is frequently lost in diverse human cancers and is capable of modulating cell motility and growth when re-expressed. Very recently, a molecule identical to hepaCAM (designated as GlialCAM) was found highly expressed in glial cells of the(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate hepaCAM (hepatocyte cell adhesion molecule) gene expression in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and to explore its effect on proliferation of 786-0 cells. hepaCAM is a tumor suppressor gene, which has been identified as a member of immunoglobulin superfamily cell adhesion molecule. METHODS Two-step reverse(More)
Subsequent to our identification of the novel immunoglobulin-like cell adhesion molecule hepaCAM, we demonstrated that hepaCAM is capable of modulating cell growth and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. In this study, we examined the localization of hepaCAM in lipid rafts/caveolae as well as the interaction of hepaCAM with the caveolar structural(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Examining genes associated with human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by subtractive hybridisation, we identified a novel transcript, designated as HEPN1, in non-tumorous liver. In this study, we aimed to evaluate HEPN1 gene expression in HCC patients, to characterise and to explore the functional significance of HEPN1 in vitro. METHODS(More)
For acute, chronic, or hereditary diseases of the liver, cell transplantation therapies can stimulate liver regeneration or serve as a bridge until liver transplantation can be performed. Recently, fetal hepatocytes, stem cells, liver progenitor cells, or other primitive and proliferative cell types have been employed for cell transplantation therapies, in(More)
Hepatotoxicity evaluation of pharmaceutical lead compounds in early stages of drug development has drawn increasing attention. Sandwiched hepatocytes exhibiting stable functions in culture represent a standard model for hepatotoxicity testing of drugs. We have developed a robust and high-throughput hepatotoxicity testing platform based on the sandwiched(More)