Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Intercellular Communication in Cancer
Authors: Shaito, Abdullah
Saliba, Jessica 
Obeid, Joelle
El-Harakeh, Mohammad
El Hajj, Hiba
El-Sabban, Marwan
Affiliations: Department of Public Health 
Keywords: Connexins
Hemi channels
Gap junctions
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Springer nature
Part of: N. Rezaei (ed.), Handbook of Cancer and Immunology. Springer Nature Switzerland.
Start page: 1
End page: 36
Junctional complexes play a central role in maintaining tissue hemostasis. The barrier function of epithelial cells, that maintain tissues coherence and coordination of cellular synchronicity, is a consequence of a junctional system that guards the paracellular pathways and defends organisms against their immediate environment. Gap junctions have the unique task of linking the cytoplasm of adjacent cells allowing for an exquisite control of cellular baseline functions and response to stimuli. The association and coordination of the different classes of junctions impart an important regulatory role that any aberration in its control mechanisms may lead to pathological outcomes. In this chapter, we devote a substantial section on Gap junctions and discuss their role in cancer. We contrast physiological functions with pathological settings with focus on inflammation and cancer. The elusive role of connexins as tumor suppressor genes is addressed and the spatiotemporal expression profiles is highlighted to underscore the fact. To further illustrate the role of connexins and gap junctions in cancer, we chose two prevalent cancers, one female-specific and one male specific cancer, that inflict a great number of patients worldwide. In addition, we discussed the topic of hematological malignancies, a field that requires much needed research, due to the potential importance of niche function and hematopoiesis in these liquid cancers.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-80962-1_39-1
Open URL: Link to full text
Type: Book Chapter
Appears in Collections:Department of Public Health

Show full item record

Record view(s)

checked on Nov 30, 2023

Google ScholarTM


Dimensions Altmetric

Dimensions Altmetric

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.