Abnormal cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) in the central nervous system has been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease. Recent work has identified additional roles for APP in peripheral tissue, such as cellular proliferation and motility. APP undergoes proteolytic processing to release a soluble NH2-terminal ectodomain fragment (sAPP), an Aβ or p3 peptide, and cytosolic COOH-terminal fragments. We have identified the up-regulation of APP expression in pancreatic cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. APP undergoes high levels of proteolytic processing in pancreatic cancer cells, and sAPP can be detected in collected medium in vitro. Inhibition of sAPP signaling reduces pancreatic cancer cell number via a reduction in cellular proliferation. We propose that APP may function to promote growth in pancreatic cancer cells via signaling through sAPP and may therefore represent a novel therapeutic target in pancreatic cancer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research