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Zhao H.,Capital Medical University | Zhao H.,Beijing Key Laboratory for Cancer Invasion and Metastasis Research | Zhao H.,University of Cardiff | Yu H.,Capital Medical University | And 9 more authors.
International Journal of Oncology | Year: 2016

The junctional adhesion molecule (JAMs) family belongs to the immunoglobulin subfamily involved in the formation of tight junctions (TJ) in both endothelial and epithelial cells. Aberrant expression of JAM-2 is associated with cancer progression but little work has been carried out in discovering how this affects changes in cell behaviour. The present study aimed to examine the expression of JAM-2 in human colon cancer specimens and cell lines and its role in the development of colon cancer. JAM-2 expression in human colon cancer specimens (normal, n=75; cancer, n=94) and cell lines was analysed using quantitative real-time PCR and conventional RT-PCR. Colon cancer cells were stably transfected with a mammalian expression vector to overexpress JAM-2-Flag. The effect on growth, adhesion and migration following overexpression of JAM-2 was then investigated using in vitro models. TJ function was assessed using a transepithelial resistance assay (TER, with an EVOM voltammeter). JAM-2 was lowly expressed in colon cancer cells such as RKO, HT115. JAM-2 overexpression in RKO cells (RKO-JAM-2) and HT115 cells (HT115-JAM-2) showed retarded adhesion (P<0.05). An in vivo tumour model showed that RKO-JAM-2 had significantly reduced growth (P<0.05), invasion (P<0.05) and migration (P<0.05) as well as in HT115-JAM-2, except on proliferation and migration. Expression of JAM-2 resulted in a significant increase in TER and decrease in permeability of polarized monolayers (P<0.05). Further analysis of JAM-2 transcript levels against clinical aspects demonstrated that the decreasing JAM-2 expression correlated to disease progression, metastasis and poor survival. Taken together, JAM-2 may function as a putative tumour suppressor in the progression and metastasis of colorectal cancer. Source


Zhao H.,Capital Medical University | Zhao H.,Beijing Key Laboratory for Cancer Invasion and Metastasis Research | Zhao H.,University of Cardiff | Yu H.,Capital Medical University | And 8 more authors.
Oncology Reports | Year: 2016

The junctional adhesion molecule B (JAM-B) is a multifunctional transmembrane protein, which belongs to the immunoglobulin superfamily (IgSF). JAM-B is localized to cell-cell contacts and enriched at cell junctions in epithelial and endothelial cells, as well as on the surface of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets. Recent research in this field has shown that JAM-B plays an important role in numerous cellular processes, such as tight junction assembly, spermatogenesis, regulation of paracellular permeability, leukocytic transmigration, angiogenesis, tumor metastasis and cell proliferation. This study provides a new research direction for the diagnosis and treatment of relevant diseases. In this review, we briefly focus on what is currently known about the structure, function, and mechanism of JAM-B, with particular emphasis on cancer. © 2016, Spandidos Publications. All rights reserved. Source

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