Cancer Lett 2008 Aug 18;266(2):163-70. Epub 2008 Apr 18.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Dental Science, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.
In this study, we analyzed the effect of the metastasis suppressor CD82/KAI-1, a member of the tetraspanin superfamily, on intercellular adhesion on cancer cells. The newly established invasion assay and the cell aggregation assay revealed that CD82 strengthens E-cadherin-mediated intercellular adhesion. Interestingly, ectopic expression of CD82 stabilized E-cadherin/beta-catenin complex formation. Furthermore, CD82 reduced tyrosine phosphorylation of beta-catenin on HGF stimulation. Taken together, CD82 may stabilize or strengthen E-cadherin-dependent intercellular adhesion by regulating beta-catenin-mediated signal transduction on cancer cells, and consequently, prevent cancer cells from seceding from the primary tumor site.