Getting a grip on adhesion: Cadherin switching and collagen signaling

Huocong Huang, Steven Wright, Junqiu Zhang, Rolf A Brekken

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Abstract

Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a developmental biological process that is hijacked during tumor progression. Cadherin switching, which disrupts adherens junctions and alters cadherin-associated signaling pathways, is common during EMT. In many tumors, substantial extracellular matrix (ECM) is deposited. Collagen is the most abundant ECM constituent and it mediates specific signaling pathways by binding to integrins and discoidin domain receptors (DDRs). The interaction of the collagen receptors results in activation of signaling pathways that promote tumor progression including an induction of the cadherin switching. DDR inhibitors have demonstrated anticancer therapeutic efficacy preclinically by inhibiting the collagen signaling. Understanding how collagen signaling impacts cellular processes including EMT and cadherin switching is of great interest especially given the strong interest in stromal targeted therapies for desmoplastic cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Cadherins
Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition
Collagen
Extracellular Matrix
Neoplasms
Collagen Receptors
Biological Phenomena
Adherens Junctions
Integrins
Therapeutics
Discoidin Domain Receptors

Keywords

  • Adherens junctions
  • Cadherin switching
  • Collagen
  • Discoidin domain receptor
  • Epithelial-mesenchymal transition
  • Integrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Getting a grip on adhesion : Cadherin switching and collagen signaling. / Huang, Huocong; Wright, Steven; Zhang, Junqiu; Brekken, Rolf A.

In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research, 01.01.2019.

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