Journal article

Loss of Neogenin1 in human colorectal carcinoma cells causes a partial EMT and wound-healing response

Vishal Chaturvedi, Alexandre Fournier-Level, Helen M Cooper, Michael J Murray

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Neogenin1 (NEO1) is a receptor of the Deleted in Colorectal Carcinoma (DCC)/Frazzled/UNC-40 family, which regulates axon guidance but can also stabilize epithelial adherens junctions. NEO1 and DCC are also tumor suppressors that can inhibit metastasis by acting as dependence receptors. Given the role of NEO1 in maintaining adherens junctions we tested whether loss of NEO1 also promoted metastasis via an epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT). Loss of NEO1 disrupted zonula adherens but tight junctions were unaffected. Neo1-depleted epithelial cells exhibited a more migratory morphology, had reduced F-actin rich stress-fibres and more basal lamellipodia. Microtubule density was decreased whil..

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