H-cadherin, a novel cadherin with growth inhibitory functions and diminished expression in human breast cancer

Nat Med. 1996 Jul;2(7):776-82. doi: 10.1038/nm0796-776.


A newly identified gene, H-cadherin, is reported. H-cadherin encodes a protein related to the cadherin superfamily of cell adhesion molecules, and its expression is shown to be significantly reduced in human breast carcinoma cell lines and breast cancer specimens. H-cadherin was localized to chromosome 16q24 and is highly expressed in the heart. Introduction of H-cadherin cDNA markedly diminished tumor cell growth and resulted in a significant change from invasive morphology to a normal cell-like morphology in the Matrigel outgrowth assay. These studies indicate that downregulation of H-cadherin may be frequent in the breast malignant progression and suggest that it may have prognostic value as a marker for breast cancer development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Cadherins / genetics
  • Cadherins / metabolism*
  • Cell Division
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Cadherins
  • DNA, Complementary
  • H-cadherin

Associated data

  • GENBANK/U59288
  • GENBANK/U59289