CD44 proteolysis increases CREB phosphorylation and sustains proliferation of thyroid cancer cells.

CD44 is a marker of cancer stem-like cells and epithelial-mesenchymal transition that is overexpressed in many cancer types, including thyroid carcinoma. At extracellular and intramembranous domains, CD44 undergoes sequential metalloprotease- and γ-secretase-mediated proteolytic cleavage, releasing the intracellular protein fragment CD44-ICD, which… (More)