Dissecting the diverse functions of the metastasis suppressor CD82/KAI1

Laboratory of Protein Dynamics and Signaling, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD 21702, United States.
FEBS letters (Impact Factor: 3.17). 08/2011; 585(20):3166-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.febslet.2011.08.031
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The recent identification of metastasis suppressor genes, the products of which inhibit metastasis but not primary tumor growth, distinguishes oncogenic transformation and tumor suppression from a hallmark of malignancy, the ability of cancer cells to invade sites distant from the primary tumor. The metastasis suppressor CD82/KAI1 is a member of the tetraspanin superfamily of glycoproteins. CD82 suppresses metastasis by multiple mechanisms including inhibition of cell motility and invasion, promotion of cell polarity as well as induction of senescence and apoptosis in response to extracellular stimuli. A common feature of these diverse effects is CD82 regulation of membrane organization as well as protein trafficking and interactions, which affects cellular signaling and intercellular communication.

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    • "Among them, the tumor suppressor CD82 was up-regulated by WT EGFR but down-regulated by mutant EGFRs, which is intriguing. CD82, a member of the teraspanin family, is a cancer metastasis suppressor and is often down-regulated in cancers [15] [16] [17] [18]. Moreover, CD82 expression is correlated with a good prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients [19]. "
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    • "Expression of MSGs is frequently reduced in highly metastatic tumor cells [6]. The MSG KAI1 has previously been shown to interfere with multiple steps of the metastatic cascade, including proliferation, invasion, and migration, making it an attractive marker to evaluate in UM and other cancers [7] [8]. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the expression of KAI1 in some primary tumor types is inversely correlated with formation of metastasis [9]. "
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    • "By clustering proteins and facilitating their interactions, tetraspanins affect protein function (Yáñez-Mó et al., 2009). Despite evidence that tetraspanins promote cadherin-dependent cell–cell adhesion and act as metastasis suppressors (Abe et al., 2008; Chattopadhyay et al., 2003; Greco et al., 2010; Johnson et al., 2009; Tsai and Weissman, 2011; Zöller, 2009), the role of tetraspanins in preventing EMT, and in regulating cadherins during neural crest development, has not been investigated. "
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