Multiple roles of mucins in pancreatic cancer, a lethal and challenging malignancy

N. Moniaux, M. Andrianifahanana, R. E. Brand, Surinder Kumar Batra

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Abstract

Mucins are members of an expanding family of large multifunctional glycoproteins. Pancreatic mucins have important biological functions, including the protection, lubrication, and moisturisation of the surfaces of epithelial tissues lining ductal structures within the pancreas. Several lines of evidence support the notion that deregulated mucin production is a hallmark of inflammatory and neoplastic disorders of the pancreas. Herein, we discuss the factors that contribute to the lethality of pancreatic cancer as well as the key role played by mucins, particularly MUC1 and MUC4, in the development and progression of the disease. Aspects pertaining to the aberrant expression and glycosylation of mucins are discussed, with special emphasis on their potential impact on the design and implementation of adequate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for combating this lethal malignancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1633-1638
Number of pages6
JournalBritish journal of cancer
Volume91
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • MUC1
  • MUC4
  • Mucin
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Multiple roles of mucins in pancreatic cancer, a lethal and challenging malignancy. / Moniaux, N.; Andrianifahanana, M.; Brand, R. E.; Batra, Surinder Kumar.

In: British journal of cancer, Vol. 91, No. 9, 01.11.2004, p. 1633-1638.

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Moniaux, N. ; Andrianifahanana, M. ; Brand, R. E. ; Batra, Surinder Kumar. / Multiple roles of mucins in pancreatic cancer, a lethal and challenging malignancy. In: British journal of cancer. 2004 ; Vol. 91, No. 9. pp. 1633-1638.
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