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Galectin-3 regulates MUC1 and EGFR cellular distribution and EGFR downstream pathways in pancreatic cancer cells.
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PMID:  21258405     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
MUC1 is a transmembrane glycoprotein which is typically expressed at the apical membrane of normal epithelial cells. In cancer cells, the over-expression of MUC1 and its aberrant localization around the cell membrane and in the cytoplasm favours its interaction with different protein partners such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and can promote tumour proliferation through the activation of oncogenic signalling pathways. Our aims were to study the mechanisms inducing MUC1 cytoplasmic localization in pancreatic cancer cells, and to decipher their impact on EGFR cellular localization and activation. Our results showed that galectin-3, an endogenous lectin, is co-expressed with MUC1 in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, and that it favours the endocytosis of MUC1 and EGFR. Depletion of galectin-3 by RNA interference increased the interaction between MUC1 and EGFR, EGFR and ERK-1,2 phosphorylation, and translocation of EGFR to the nucleus. On the contrary, silencing of galectin-3 led to a decrease of cyclin-D1 levels and of cell proliferation. The galectin-3-dependent regulation of MUC1/EGFR functions may represent an interesting mechanism modulating the EGFR-stimulated cell growth of pancreatic cancer cells.Oncogene advance online publication, 24 January 2011; doi:10.1038/onc.2010.631.
J Merlin; L Stechly; S de Beaucé; D Monté; E Leteurtre; I van Seuningen; G Huet; P Pigny
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Oncogene     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5594     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8711562     Medline TA:  Oncogene     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1] INSERM, U837, Equipe 5, 'Mucines, Différenciation et cancérogenèse épithéliales', Place de Verdun, Lille Cedex, France [2] Université de Lille 2, Centre de Recherche Jean-Pierre Aubert, Place de Verdun, Lille Cedex, France.
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