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Tight junctions and their role in cancer metastasis.

Martin, Tracey Amanda and Jiang, Wen Guo 2001. Tight junctions and their role in cancer metastasis. Histology and Histopathology 16 , pp. 1183-1195.

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Tight Junctions govern the permeability of endothelial and epithelial cells and are the most topical structures of these cell types. Tight junctions create an intercellular barrier and intramembrane diffusion fence. An important step in the formation of cancer metastases is interaction and penetration of the vascular endothelium by dissociated cancer cells. Early studies demonstrated a correlation between the reduction of tight junctions and tumour differentiation and experimental evidence has emerged to place tight junctions in the frontline as the structure that cancer cells must overcome in order to metastasise. Changes in tight junction function are thus an early and key aspect in cancer metastasis. Further work is required to fully realise the potential that this structure has in cancer invasion and metastasis in order to develop new and novel therapies in the prevention of tumour metastas

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Uncontrolled Keywords: tight junctions; cancer metastasis
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2020 01:26

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