An update on minding the gap in cancer
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes
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This article is a report of the "International Colloquium on Gap junctions: 50 Years of Impact on Cancer" that was held 8-9 September 2016, at the Amphitheater "Pole Biologie Sante" of the University of Poitiers (Poitiers, France). The colloquium was organized by M Mesnil (Universite de Poitiers, Poitiers, France) and C Naus (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminal work published in 1966 by Loewenstein and Kanno [Intercellular communication and the control of tissue growth: lack of communication between cancer cells, Nature, 116 (1966) 1248-1249] which initiated studies on the involvement of gap junctions in carcinogenesis. During the colloquium, 15 participants presented reviews or research updates in the field which are summarized below.