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Clin Exp Metastasis. 1999;17(8):663-8.

hMSH6 deficiency and inactivation of the alphaE-catenin invasion-suppressor gene in HCT-8 colon cancer cells.

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Department of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium.


Transition from an epithelioid (E) to a round (R) morphotype, in the human colon cancer cell line HCT-8, is associated with loss or truncation of alphaE-catenin and acquisition of invasiveness in organ culture. In E clones, like in parental HCT-8 cells, one allele of the alphaE-catenin gene (CTNNA1) is mutated. HCT-8 cells have also a 'Microsatelite Instability-High' (MSI-H) phenotype presumably due to a mutated hMSH6 gene. Fusion of E type cells doubles the wild type CTNNA1 alleles and prevents the loss of alphaE-catenin. Introduction of an extra chromosome 2, carrying a wild type hMSH6 gene, restores post-replicative mismatch repair and also prevents the frequent inactivation of the remaining wild type CTNNA1 allele.

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