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ABSTRACT: Laminin-332 (LN-332), which is essential for epithelial cell adhesion and migration, is up-regulated in most invasive carcinomas. Association between LN-332 and carcinoma cell integrins and stroma collagen is thought to be important for tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we show that function blocking LN-332 antibodies interfering with cellular adhesion and migration in vitro evoke apoptotic pathways. The antibodies also target epithelial tumors in vivo. Antibodies against the cell binding domain of the alpha3 chain of LN-332 inhibited tumor growth by up to 68%, and antibodies against the matrix binding domains of the beta3 and gamma2 chains significantly decreased lung metastases. The LN-332 antibodies appear to induce tumor cell anoikis and subsequent programmed cell death and reduce migration by interfering with tumor cell matrix interactions.
International Journal of Cancer 05/2009; 125(8):1814-25. · 6.20 Impact Factor