Targeting selectins and selectin ligands in inflammation and cancer

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets (Impact Factor: 5.14). 12/2007; 11(11):1473-91. DOI: 10.1517/14728222.11.11.1473
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Inflammation and cancer metastasis are associated with extravasation of leukocytes or tumor cells from blood into tissue. Such movement is believed to follow a coordinated and sequential molecular cascade initiated, in part, by the three members of the selectin family of carbohydrate-binding proteins: E-selectin (CD62E), L-selectin (CD62L) and P-selectin (CD62P). E-selectin is particularly noteworthy in disease by virtue of its expression on activated endothelium and on bone-skin microvascular linings and for its role in cell rolling, cell signaling and chemotaxis. E-selectin, along with L- or P-selectin, mediates cell tethering and rolling interactions through the recognition of sialo-fucosylated Lewis carbohydrates expressed on structurally diverse protein-lipid ligands on circulating leukocytes or tumor cells. Major advances in understanding the role of E-selectin in inflammation and cancer have been advanced by experiments assaying E-selectin-mediated rolling of leukocytes and tumor cells under hydrodynamic shear flow, by clinical models of E-selectin-dependent inflammation, by mice deficient in E-selectin and by mice deficient in glycosyltransferases that regulate the binding activity of E-selectin ligands. Here, the authors elaborate on how E-selectin and its ligands may facilitate leukocyte or tumor cell recruitment in inflammatory and metastatic settings. Antagonists that target cellular interactions with E-selectin and other members of the selectin family, including neutralizing monoclonal antibodies, competitive ligand inhibitors or metabolic carbohydrate mimetics, exemplify a growing arsenal of potentially effective therapeutics in controlling inflammation and the metastatic behavior of cancer.

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    • "During cancer metastasis, cell adhesion and cell migration are frequently malfunctioning. Since cancer cells mimic leukocytes exploiting selectin-dependent mechanisms to extravasate, there is a growing interest in blocking selectins and their ligands in inflammation, tumor progression, and metastasis [14] [15] [16]. In solid tumors, it was demonstrated that absence or blocking of P-selectin with antibody decreased tumor cell adhesion and metastasis in rat lungs [17], gastric cancer in mice [18], and colorectal cancer [19]. "
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    • "Different selectins like E-selectin (CD62E), L-selectin (CD62L) and P-selectin (CD62P) have been implicated in tethering and rolling of cancer cells on ECs [177]. However, the rolling behavior of cancer cells has been exemplified only in vitro [178] [179] and so far there is no in vivo supporting evidence. "
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    • "Sialyl Lewis x and sialyl Lewis A are the carbohydrate determinants needed for selectin binding. These carbohydrates are linked to glycoconjugates in Golgi compartment through activity of N-acetylglucosaminyl-, galactosyl-, sialyl- and fucosyltransferases [42]. Thomas et al. provided evidence that CEA of the colon cancer cell line LS147T is a functional E-selectin ligand and knock down of CEA leads to loss of E-selectin binding [12]. "
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