Stromal cell-derived factor-1 and CXCR4 receptor interaction in tumor growth and metastasis of breast cancer
ABSTRACT Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1)/CXCR4 interaction is critical for the trafficking of lymphocytes, homing and retention of hematopoietic stem cells within the bone marrow and is essential in fetal hematopoiesis. Binding of SDF-1 to CXCR4 activates a variety of intracellular signal transduction pathways and effector molecules that regulate cell survival, proliferation, chemotaxis, migration and adhesion. Recently, intensive research has demonstrated that SDF-1/CXCR4 interaction also regulates several key events in wide variety of cancers. Serum-depleted media in the presence of SDF-1 protected the breast cancer cells from apoptosis. CXCR4-low-expressing MCF-7 formed small tumor at inoculated site in SCID mice 8-9 weeks after inoculation while completely failed to metastasis into various organs. In contrast, CXCR4-high-expressing MDA-231 cells were most efficient in the formation of a large tumor and organ-metastasis within 3 weeks in SCID mice. This review briefly focuses on the role of SDF-1/CXCR4 interaction in tumor growth and metastasis of breast cancer cell both in vitro and in vivo.
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ABSTRACT: Chemokines are small proteins that primarily regulate the traffic of leukocytes under homeostatic conditions and during specific immune responses. The chemokine-chemokine receptor system comprises almost 50 chemokines and approximately 20 chemokine receptors; thus, there is no unique ligand for each receptor and the binding of different chemokines to the same receptor might have disparate effects. Complicating the system further, these effects depend on the cellular milieu. In cancer, although chemokines are associated primarily with the generation of a protumoral microenvironment and organ-directed metastasis, they also mediate other phenomena related to disease progression, such as angiogenesis and even chemoresistance. Therefore, the chemokine system is becoming a target in cancer therapeutics. We review the emerging data and correlations between chemokines/chemokine receptors and breast cancer, their implications in cancer progression, and possible therapeutic strategies that exploit the chemokine system.Research Journal of Immunology 08/2014; 2014:849720. DOI:10.1155/2014/849720
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ABSTRACT: Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is an aggressive malignancy with high mortality rates. Major challenges for OSCC management include development of resistance to therapy and early formation of distant metastases. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have emerged as important players in both pathologic mechanisms. Increased fucosylation activity and increased expression of fucosylated polysaccharides, such as Sialyl Lewis X (SLex), are associated with invasion and metastasis. However, the role of fucosylation in CSCs has not been elucidated yet. We used the spheroid culture technique to obtain a CSC-enriched population and compared orospheres with adherent cells. We found that orospheres expressed markers of CSCs and metastasis at higher levels, were more invasive and tumorigenic, and were more resistant to cisplatin/radiation than adherent counterparts. We found fucosyltransferases FUT3 and FUT6 highly up-regulated, increased SLex expression and increased stickiness (shear flow assay) in orospheres. Inhibition of fucosylation negatively affected orospheres formation and invasion of oral CSCs. These results confirm that orospheres are enriched in CSCs and that fucosylation is of paramount importance for CSC invasion. In addition, SLex may play a key role in CSC metastasis. Thus, inhibition of fucosylation may be used to block CSCs and metastatic spread.Oncotarget 11/2014; · 6.63 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Chemokine receptors are now known to play an important role in cancer growth and metastasis. However, there is little information regarding chemokine expression in breast cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate CXCL12 expression in breast cancer and to investigate the question of whether reduced expression of CXCL12 may have any pathological significance in breast cancer development or progression. In this study, we performed western blotting and immunohistochemistry to evaluate the expression of CXCL12 and relevance with clinicopathological factors in the invasive ductal carcinoma. Reduction of CXCL12 was significantly correlated with tumor size, lymph node metastasis, TNM stage and Her-2 expression in breast cancer. Patients with negative CXCL12 expression had significantly lower cumulative postoperative 5 year survival rate than those with positive CXCL12 expression. In addition, we demonstrated that upregulation of CXCL12 expression by infection with an adenovirus containing a CXCL12 vector significantly inhibited cell growth and reduced the migration of breast cancer cells. Furthermore, animal studies revealed that nude mice injected with the Ad-CXCL12 cell lines featured a lighter weight than the control cell lines. These data suggest that CXCL12 plays an important role in cell growth and invasion in human breast cancer and it appears to be a potential prognostic marker for patients with breast cancer.