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Brain cell migration during normal development may offer insight on how cancer cells spread
Date:4/24/2011

hestrator of migration."

For example, elsewhere in the cortex, N-cadherin forms tight adhesions between adjacent cells and prevents them from moving. Indeed, the general role for cadherins in the body is to stabilize sheets of cells and organize tissues by holding cells together.

"The new role for N-cadherin in orienting migrating cells is quite unexpected and suggests that cadherins on the surface of other types of normal or cancer cells may also be involved in helping them move rather than stay in place," Jossin said. "This finding could provide new clues to how normal and cancerous cells migrate within the body," he said.


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Contact: Kristen Woodward
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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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