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Caveolin-1 is Markedly Downregulated in Patients with Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer

Jesús García-Foncillas, Blanca Torrejón, Ion Cristóbal, Federico Rojo



Caveolin-1 (CAV-1), the main scaffold protein in caveolae, is frequently deregulated in human cancer. Of importance, this protein has been described to show tumor suppressor or oncogenic properties depending on the cell type and the stage of the disease. In fact, its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains to be fully clarified due to discrepancies in the literature.


We analyzed CAV-1 by western blot in a set of early-stage CRC patients with paired tumor tissue and normal colonic mucosa available. CAV-1 mRNA and expression levels of miR-124, 133 and 802 were quantified by real-time PCR.


We found CAV-1 strongly downregulated in 76.2% of tumor samples and associated with the subgroup of elderly patients (p = 0.027). We observed by real-time PCR a lack of correlation between CAV-1 mRNA and protein levels in some cases with CAV-1 downregulated by western blot, and miR-124 deregulation was identified as a potential contributing alteration to decrease CAV-1 protein expression.


CAV-1 is commonly downregulated in patients with primary CRC, which suggests its tumor suppressor role in early stages of this disease. Moreover, based on our findings, the previous discrepancies observed in different studies to date could be due to a complex posttranscriptional CAV-1 regulation.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00268-017-4065-9

DOI: 10.1007/s00268-017-4065-9

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