Relationship between E-cadherin and fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b expression in bladder carcinomas

Sixtina Gil-Diez De Medina, Zivco Popov, Dominique K. Chopin, Jennifer Southgate, Gordon C. Tucker, Annie Delouvée, Jean Paul Thiery, François Radvanyi*

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E-cadherin is a cell-cell adhesion molecule expressed predominantly by epithelial cells. Reduction or loss of E-cadherin immunoreactivity has been associated with tumour progression in many epithelial cancers, including bladder carcinomas. The fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b (FGFR2b) recognized specifically by FGF7 is expressed only by epithelial cells. Recently, decreased expression of FGFR2b protein and mRNA was found to be associated with tumour progression in bladder carcinomas. The purpose of this investigation was to look for a possible relationship between E-cadherin and FGFR2b expression in bladder carcinomas. As decreased E-cadherin immunoreactivity was found to correlate directly with decreased expression at the mRNA level, the possible relationship between E-cadherin and FGFR2b was investigated at the mRNA level using semi-quantitative RT-PCR in 92 transitional cell carcinomas (TCCs) and four lymph node metastases. All tumours with low E-cadherin expression had low expression of FGFR2b, whereas tumours with low FGFR2b mRNA could express any level of E-cadherin mRNA. The same observation was equally valid for bladder and colon cancer cell lines suggesting that, besides bladder tumours, this relationship could apply to other carcinomas types. These results suggest that a relationship exists between the transcription of the E-cadherin and FGFR2b genes preventing high expression of FGFR2b where expression of E-cadherin is low. We suggest that reduced expression of FGFR2b in conjunction with decreased expression of E-cadherin may contribute to the aggressive behaviour attributable to high grade TCCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5722-5726
Number of pages5
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 1999


  • Bladder
  • E-cadherin
  • Fibroblast growth factor receptor
  • Human, transitional cell carcinoma

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