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The E-cadherin/Catenin Complex in Invasion and Metastasis
Cancer cells are genetically predisposed to contribute to the formation of a malignant tumor. As a population they do not respect tissue boundaries, but penetrate into the surrounding normal tissues. On their way to lymph or blood vessels they create a path of destruction. This invasive behavior eventually gives access to the circulation, and opens a gate to metastatic dissemination(Nicolson et al.; Fidler and Hart 1982; Mareel et al. 1993).