This biomarker is also known as:
- Large fibroblast proteoglycan,
- versican core protein,
- Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan core protein 2,
- versican proteoglycan,
- Glial hyaluronate-binding protein,
- chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 2,
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VCAN, or CSPG2, a large chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan, is a major component of the extracellular matrix. This secreted protein is involved in cell adhesion, proliferation, migration and angiogenesis and plays a central role in tissue morphogenesis and maintenance. It is may play a role in intercellular signaling. Mutations in the CSPG2 gene are the cause of Wagner syndrome type 1. Multiple transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been found for this gene.
There are no datasets associated with this biomarker.
The following organs have data associated with this biomarker…
VCAN (CSPG2) was shown to localize to vascular-like structures in ovarian cancer but not in normal ovaries.
VCAN, or CSPG2, was one of 13 genes out of 50 selected for further validation in PMID:21617380. Average expression of VCAN was significantly higher in epithelial ovarian cancer tumors than any other normal tissue tested.
This biomarker is currently being annotated or is under review.
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Update: Pre-application webinar information now available.
The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention has released a new funding opportunity to solicit organ-specific applications for Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (BDLs), one of the four scientific units of the recently funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). The EDRN is a national infrastructure funded to discover, develop, and validate biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. BDLs are responsible for the discovery, development, characterization, and testing of new, or the refinement of existing, biomarkers and biomarker assays for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of cancers.
The existing BDLs are primarily focused on ovary and gastrointestinal cancers. The proposed BDLs (to be supported under this funding opportunity) should be focused on one or more of the following cancers: breast, prostate and other genitourinary organs, or lung. In addition, cancers with rapidly rising incidence rates, e.g., endometrial, hepatocellular, kidney, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers, and/or cancers with unique etiology, e.g., mesothelioma, will be considered.
The newly funded units of the Early Detection Research Network will be announced later in April. Successful applicants have already been notified. Those researchers who were not successful during the last round of applications are encouraged to apply to this opportunity.