Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 145–158

β-Catenin and Tcfs in Mammary Development and Cancer

  • Sarah Hatsell
  • Tracey Rowlands
  • Minoti Hiremath
  • Pamela Cowin
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1025944723047

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Hatsell, S., Rowlands, T., Hiremath, M. et al. J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia (2003) 8: 145. doi:10.1023/A:1025944723047

Abstract

β-Catenin regulates cell–cell adhesion and transduces signals from many pathways to regulate the transcriptional activities of Tcf/Lef DNA binding factors. Gene ablation and transgenic expression studies strongly support the concept that β-catenin together with Lef/Tcf factors act as a switch to determine cell fate and promote cell survival and proliferation at several stages during mammary gland development. Mice expressing the negative regulator of Wnt/β-catenin signaling (K14-Dkk) fail to form mammary buds, and those lacking Lef-1 show an early arrest in this process at stage E13.5. Stabilized ΔN89β-catenin initiates precocious alveologenesis during pubertal development, and negative regulators of endogenous β-catenin signaling suppress normal alveologenesis during pregnancy. Stabilized β-catenin induces hyperplasia and mammary tumors in mice. Each of the β-catenin-induced phenotypes is accompanied by upregulation of the target genes cyclin D1 and c-myc. Cyclin D1, however, is dispensable for tumor formation and the initiation of alveologenesis but is essential for later alveolar expansion.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Hatsell
    • 1
  • Tracey Rowlands
    • 1
  • Minoti Hiremath
    • 1
  • Pamela Cowin
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Cell Biology and DermatologyNew York University School of MedicineUSA

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