Elucidating the role of claudin-2 in tumour initiation and metastasis development from colorectal cancer: consequence for tumour relapse

Grant number: 1049561 | Funding period: 2013 - 2016



Mortality from colorectal cancer is often due to the development of metastases. Cancer stem cells (CSC) are suspected to provide a major drive for metastasis development, to resist current therapies, and to initiate tumour relapse. Yet, little is known about mechanisms that control CSC behaviour. Our project investigates the role of claudin-2, a cell adhesion protein that is strongly overexpressed in colorectal cancer, in the regulation of CSCs, metastasis development and tumour relapse.

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