Stains & molecular markers

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PubMed Search: APC[title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Pernick N. APC. website. Accessed January 16th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Adenomatous polyposis coli gene on 5q21, tumor suppressor gene, autosomal dominant
  • Important for familial adenomatous polyposis and Gardner syndromes
  • Binds to (a) microtubule bundles and promotes cell migration and adhesion, (b) beta-catenin (cytoskeletal protein) in a cellular adhesion complex including E-cadherin, part of Wnt signaling pathway
  • Beta-catenin is also bound to a T cell factor-lymphoid enhancer factor (Tcf-Lef), which activates other genes, stimulates cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis
  • APC accelerates the proteasome-mediated degradation of beta-catenin, which reduces its role as a transactivating factor for the Tcf-Lef pathway
  • Mutations in APC produce elevated levels of Tcf4-beta-catenin, which stimulates a transcriptional response that initiates polyp formation and eventually malignant growth
  • APC is considered a gatekeeper gene since it directs activity downstream of different pathways
  • Colon: mutations play critical role in tumorigenesis (mutations in APC or beta-catenin present in 90% of colon cancers)
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