Expression of Heparin-Binding Epidermal Growth Factor-like Growth Factor in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Int J Gastrointest Cancer. 2001;29(1):47-52.


Heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-likegrowth factor (HB-EGF) belongs to the EGF familyand was originally identified in the conditionedmedium of a human histiotic lymphoma cell line, U937 (1). This protein is synthesized as a preproformof 208 amino acids (2), is expressed as amembrane-anchored HB-EGF, and is released as asoluble form of 87 amino acids after being processedby protease (1,2). HB-EGF binds to the EGF receptor(EGF-R) in competition with EGF (3), and exogenoussoluble HB-EGF is known to stimulateDNA synthesis in primary rat hepatocytes in a dosedependentmanner (4).