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Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1998 Oct;8(5):576-81.

BEHAB/brevican: a brain-specific lectican implicated in gliomas and glial cell motility.

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  • 1Section of Neurobiology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8001, USA.


Several recent findings have advanced our understanding of the composition and function of the brain extracellular matrix (ECM). BEHAB/brevican, a recently identified CNS-specific proteoglycan, is a component of the brain ECM and is upregulated during glial cell motility. It is expressed at high levels during development, in response to injury, and in primary brain tumors. Cleavage of the BEHAB/brevican protein may increase invasion of tumor cells.

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