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STAT3: An Anti-Invasive Factor in Colorectal Cancer?
AbstractSignal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) is activated in a majority of cancers, and promotes tumorigenesis and even metastasis through transcriptional activation of its target genes. Recently, we discovered that STAT3 suppresses epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and thus metastasis in a mouse model of colorectal cancer (CRC), while it did not affect the overall tumor burden. Furthermore, we found that STAT3 in intestinal epithelial cells (IEC) suppresses EMT by regulating stability of an EMT inducer, SNAI-1 (Snail-1). Here, STAT3 functions as an adaptor rather than a transcription factor in the post-translational modification of SNAI-1. In this review, we discuss the unexpected and contradictory role of STAT3 in metastasis of CRC and its clinical implications.
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de Jong, P.R.; Mo, J.-H.; Harris, A.R.; Lee, J.; Raz, E. STAT3: An Anti-Invasive Factor in Colorectal Cancer? Cancers 2014, 6, 1394-1407.View more citation formats
de Jong PR, Mo J-H, Harris AR, Lee J, Raz E. STAT3: An Anti-Invasive Factor in Colorectal Cancer? Cancers. 2014; 6(3):1394-1407.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Jong, Petrus R.; Mo, Ji-Hun; Harris, Alexandra R.; Lee, Jongdae; Raz, Eyal. 2014. "STAT3: An Anti-Invasive Factor in Colorectal Cancer?" Cancers 6, no. 3: 1394-1407.