The interaction of tumor cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM) may affect the rate of cancer progression and metastasis. One of the major components of ECM are laminins, the heterotrimeric glycoproteins consisting of α-, β-, and γ-chains (αβγ). Laminins interact with their cell surface receptors and, thus, regulate multiple cellular processes. In this work, we demonstrate that shRNA-mediated knockdown of the α5 laminin chain results in Wnt- and mTORC1-dependent partial dedifferentiation of colorectal cancer cells. Furthermore, we showed that this dedifferentiation involved activation of ER-stress signaling, pathway promoting the sensitivity of cells to 5-fluorouracil.
- Colorectal cancer
- Intestinal epithelium stem cell marker
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