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Claudin-1 expression is induced by tumor necrosis factor-α in human pancreatic cancer cells

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Claudin-1 is a membrane protein with four transmembrane domains, that is exclusively localized at cellular tight junctions. Recent studies have reported that claudin-1 plays an important role in cancer invasion and metastasis. However, the significance of claudin-1 in pancreatic cancer is still unknown. In the present study, we investigated the role of claudin-1 expression in pancreatic cancer growth using the PANC-1 human pancreatic cancer cell line. Treatment with tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), an inflammatory cytokine, resulted in increased detection of 89 kDa products of poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), a marker of apoptosis, and decreased PANC-1 cell proliferation by 23%. Expression of claudin-1 was up-regulated by TNF-α in a concentration-dependent manner in PANC-1 cells. PANC-1 cells treated with TNF-α and siRNA against claudin-1 showed a 15% increase in proliferation; i.e. the cells transfected with siRNA against claudin-1 showed resistance to TNF-α-induced apoptosis. These results suggest that claudin-1 expression is responsible for TNF-α-dependent growth signals and the proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Pathology and Bioscience, Hirosaki University Graduate School of Medicine, Hirosaki 036-8562, Japan

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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  • The International Journal of Molecular Medicine is a monthly, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of high quality studies related to the molecular mechanisms of human disease. The journal welcomes research on all aspects of molecular and clinical research, ranging from biochemistry to immunology, pathology, genetics, human genomics, microbiology, molecular pathogenesis, molecular cardiology, molecular surgery and molecular psychology.

    The International Journal of Molecular Medicine aims to provide an insight for researchers within the community in regard to developing molecular tools and identifying molecular targets for the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of human diseases.
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