APC senses cell-cell contacts and moves to the nucleus upon their disruption

Mariana G. Brocardo, Michele Bianchini, Martín Radrizzani, Gloria B. Reyes, Andrea V. Dugour, Guillermo L. Taminelli, César Gonzalez Solveyra, Tomás A. Santa-Coloma*

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The adenomatous polyposis coli (ARC) tumor suppressor protein is involved in the Wnt/wingless pathway, modulating β-catenin activity. We report the development of a highly specific, chemically synthesized oligobody (oligonucleotide-based synthetic antibody), directed against the N-terminal region of APC. Using this reagent, we found that within 16 h of disrupting HT-29 cell-cell contacts by harvesting cells with trypsin/EDTA treatment and replating, Arc was translocated from the cytoplasm to the nucleus. Five days after plating the cells, when the cells had returned to their normal confluent phenotype and cell-cell contacts were reestablished, APC returned to the cytoplasm. These results suggest that Arc functions as part of a "sensor" system, and responds to the loss of cell-cell contacts by moving to the nucleus, and returning to the cytoplasm when the contacts are fully restored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-986
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • APC (adenomatous polyposis coli)
  • Cell-cell contacts
  • HT29 cells
  • Oligobodies, synthetic antibodies


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