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Cadherin-11 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the CDH11 gene.[1][2]


This gene encodes a type II classical cadherin from the cadherin superfamily, integral membrane proteins that mediate calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion. Mature cadherin proteins are composed of a large N-terminal extracellular domain, a single membrane-spanning domain, and a small, highly conserved C-terminal cytoplasmic domain. Type II (atypical) cadherins are defined based on their lack of a HAV cell adhesion recognition sequence specific to type I cadherins. Expression of this particular cadherin in osteoblastic cell lines, and its upregulation during differentiation, suggests a specific function in bone development and maintenance.[2] The mammalian CDH-11 homologues are termed calsyntenin.[3]

Relevance to cancer

CDH11 is overexpressed in 15% of breast cancers and seems essential to tumour progression in some other cancer types.[4][5]

Drug interactions

Arthritis drug celecoxib binds to CDH11.[4][5]


CDH11 has been shown to interact with CDH2.[6]


  1. Kremmidiotis G, Baker E, Crawford J, Eyre HJ, Nahmias J, Callen DF (Aug 1998). "Localization of human cadherin genes to chromosome regions exhibiting cancer-related loss of heterozygosity". Genomics. 49 (3): 467–71. doi:10.1006/geno.1998.5281. PMID 9615235.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Entrez Gene: CDH11 cadherin 11, type 2, OB-cadherin (osteoblast)".
  3. Vogt L, Schrimpf SP, Meskenaite V, Frischknecht R, Kinter J, Leone DP, Ziegler U, Sonderegger P (2001). "Calsyntenin-1, a proteolytically processed postsynaptic membrane protein with a cytoplasmic calcium-binding domain". Mol. Cell. Neurosci. 17 (1): 151–66. doi:10.1006/mcne.2000.0937. PMID 11161476.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New Therapeutic Approach Could Target Both Cancer and Arthritis". 15 Nov 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Assefnia S, Dakshanamurthy S, Guidry Auvil JM, Hampel C, Anastasiadis PZ, Kallakury B, Uren A, Foley DW, Brown ML, Shapiro L, Brenner M, Haigh D, Byers SW (Mar 2014). "Cadherin-11 in poor prognosis malignancies and rheumatoid arthritis: common target, common therapies". Oncotarget. 5 (6): 1458–74. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.1538. PMC 4039224. PMID 24681547.
  6. Straub BK, Boda J, Kuhn C, Schnoelzer M, Korf U, Kempf T, Spring H, Hatzfeld M, Franke WW (Dec 2003). "A novel cell-cell junction system: the cortex adhaerens mosaic of lens fiber cells". J. Cell Sci. 116 (Pt 24): 4985–95. doi:10.1242/jcs.00815. PMID 14625392.

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