Author(s): Sofeu Feugaing DD, Gtte M, Viola M
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Abstract The small leucine-rich proteoglycan, decorin, has incrementally been shown to be a powerful inhibitor of growth in a wide variety of tumour cells, an effect specifically mediated by the interaction of decorin core protein with the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and other ErbB family proteins. Nowadays, this matrikine has become the main focus of various cancer studies. Decorin is an important component of the cellular microenvironment or extracellular matrix (ECM). Its interactions with matrix and cell membrane components have been implicated in many physiological and pathophysiological processes including matrix organisation, signal transduction, wound healing, cell migration, inhibition of metastasis, and angiogenesis. This review summarises recent findings on decorin's interactions and behaviour related to cancer. Highlighted are key functions of decorin such as interaction with cell surface receptors, as well as with ECM components, and the therapeutic potential of this multifunctional molecule. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Eur J Cell Biol
and referenced in Journal of Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis