Phosphatidylserine is a marker of tumor vasculature and a potential target for cancer imaging and therapy

ArticleinInternational Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics 54(5):1479-84 · January 2003with27 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/S0360-3016(02)03928-7 · Source: PubMed
  • 39.62 · Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • 42.27 · University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
(1) To determine whether exposure of phosphatidylserine (PS) occurs on vascular endothelium in solid tumors in mice. (2) To determine whether PS exposure can be induced on viable endothelial cells in tissue culture by conditions present in the tumor microenvironment. Externalized PS in vivo was detected by injecting mice with a monoclonal anti-PS antibody and examining frozen sections of tumors and normal tissues for anti-PS antibody bound to vascular endothelium. Apoptotic cells were identified by anti-active caspase-3 antibody or by TUNEL assay. PS exposure on cultured endothelial cells was determined by 125I-annexin V binding. Anti-PS antibody bound specifically to vascular endothelium in six tumor models. The percentage of PS-positive vessels ranged from 4% to 40% in different tumor types. Vascular endothelium in normal organs was unstained. Very few tumor vessels expressed apoptotic markers. Hypoxia/reoxygenation, acidity, inflammatory cytokines, thrombin, or hydrogen peroxide induced PS exposure on cultured endothelial cells without causing loss of viability. Vascular endothelial cells in tumors, but not in normal tissues, externalize PS. PS exposure might be induced by tumor-associated oxidative stress and activating cytokines. PS is an abundant and accessible marker of tumor vasculature and could be used for tumor imaging and therapy.
    • "Critically, the mechanisms by which cancer cells actually resist phagocytosis remain incompletely under- stood [9]. Compared with non-malignant cells, expression of PS on the cell surface is a consistent marker of malignancy in both primary and metastatic cell lines [6][7][8][9][10][11][12]. In their study focused on difficult-to-treat primary cancers, including metastatic melanoma, glioblastoma, and metastatic lesions, Riedl et al. [11] demonstrated the specificity of abundant externalized PS for malignant tumors. "
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    • "Normal membranes exhibit an outer leaflet that is mostly composed by zwitterionic PC and SM, while anionic PS along with most of the PE are usually comprised in the inner leaflet [23]. By contrast, a loss of this asymmetric distribution has been observed for several types of cancer [25, 26], which results in the exposure of the negatively charged PS on the surface of their membranes (Figure 1) [27, 28]. Since the flippase aminophospholipid translocases maintain the distribution of both PE and PS, evidences demonstrated that PE is also located in the membrane's outer leaflet of tumor endothelial cells [29]. "
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