c-erbB-2 Gene Product Directly Associates with β-Catenin and Plakoglobin

Y. Kanai, A. Ochiai, T. Shibata, T. Oyama, S. Ushijima, S. Akimoto, S. Hirohashi

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Association of the c-erbB-2 oncogene product with the cadherin-catenin complex has been demonstrated in human cancer cell lines. Although β-catenin and plakoglobin have been proven to be crucial for the association, no previous study has shown whether the interactions are direct or indirect. In the present study, the c-erbB-2 gene product was shown by far-Western blotting analysis to associate directly with both β-catenin and plakoglobin through its cytoplasmic domain core region, which showed extensive homology with epidermal growth factor receptor. These data suggest that c-erbB-2-induced signaling is also directly liked to the cadherin-mediated cell adhesion and "invasion-suppressor" system through β-catenin and plakoglobin in cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067-1072
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Mar 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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