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See detailThe proteolytic activity of MT4-MMP is required for its proangiogenic and pro-metastatic promoting effects
Host, Lorin; Paye, Alexandra ULg; Detry, Benoît ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2012), 131(7), 1537-1548

MT4-MMP expression in breast adenocarcinoma stimulates tumor growth and metastatic spreading to the lung. However whether these pro-tumorigenic and pro-metastatic effects of MT4-MMP are related to a ... [more ▼]

MT4-MMP expression in breast adenocarcinoma stimulates tumor growth and metastatic spreading to the lung. However whether these pro-tumorigenic and pro-metastatic effects of MT4-MMP are related to a proteolytic action is not known yet. Through site directed mutagenesis MT4-MMP has been inactivated in cancer cells through Glutamic acid 249 substitution by Alanine in the active site. Active MT4-MMP triggered an angiogenic switch at day 7 after tumor implantation and drastically accelerated subcutaneous tumor growth as well as lung colonization in RAG -/- mice. All these effects were abrogated upon MT4-MMP inactivation. In sharp contrast to most MMPs being primarily of stromal origin, we provide evidence that tumor-derived MT4-MMP, but not host-derived MT4-MMP contributes to angiogenesis. A genetic approach using MT4-MMP-deficient mice revealed that the status of MT4-MMP produced by host cells did not affect the angiogenic response. Despite of this tumor intrinsic feature, to exert its tumor promoting effect, MT4-MMP requires a permissive microenvironment. Indeed, tumor-derived MT4-MMP failed to circumvent the lack of an host angio-promoting factor such as lasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1). Overall, our study demonstrates the key contribution of MT4-MMP catalytic activity in the tumor compartment, at the interface with host cells. It identifies MT4-MMP as a key intrinsic tumor cell determinant that contributes to the elaboration of a permissive microenvironment for metastatic dissemination [less ▲]

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See detailMT-MMPs as regulators of vessel stability associated with angiogenesis
Sounni, Nor Eddine ULg; Paye, Alexandra ULg; Host, Lorin et al

in Frontiers in Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Drugs (2011), 2:111

The development of vascular system depends on the coordinated activity of a number of distinct families of molecules including growth factors and their receptors, cell adhesion molecules, extracellular ... [more ▼]

The development of vascular system depends on the coordinated activity of a number of distinct families of molecules including growth factors and their receptors, cell adhesion molecules, extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules, and proteolytic enzymes. Matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) are a family of ECM degrading enzymes required for both physiological and pathological angiogenesis. Increasing evidence, point to a direct role of membrane type-MMPs (MT-MMPs) in vascular system stabilization, maturation, and leakage. Our understanding of the nature of MT-MMP interaction with extracellular and cell surface molecules and their multiple roles in vessel walls and perivascular stroma may provide new insights into mechanisms underlying vascular cell-ECM interactions and cell fate decisions in pathological conditions. Regulation of vascular leakage by MT-MMP interactions with the ECM could also lead to novel targeting opportunities for drug delivery in tumor. This review will shed lights on the emerging roles of MT1-MMP and MT4-MMP in vascular system alterations associated with cancer progression. [less ▲]

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See detailMembrane-Type 4 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP) induces lung metastasis by alteration of primary breast tumor vascular architecture
Chabottaux, Vincent; Ricaud, Stéphanie; Host, Lorin et al

in Journal of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (2009)

The present study aims at investigating the mechanism by which MT4-MMP, a membrane-anchored MMP expressed by human breast tumor cells promotes the metastatic dissemination into lung. We applied ... [more ▼]

The present study aims at investigating the mechanism by which MT4-MMP, a membrane-anchored MMP expressed by human breast tumor cells promotes the metastatic dissemination into lung. We applied experimental (intravenous) and spontaneous (subcutaneous) models of lung metastasis using human breast adenocarcinoma MDA-MB-231 cells overexpressing or not MT4-MMP. We found that MT4-MMP does not affect lymph node colonization nor extravasation of cells from the bloodstream, but increases the intravasation step leading to metastasis. Ultrastructural and fluorescent microscopic observations coupled with automatic computer-assisted quantifications revealed that MT4-MMP expression induces blood vessel enlargement and promotes the detachment of mural cells from the vascular tree, thus causing an increased tumor vascular leak. On this basis, we propose that MT4-MMP promotes lung metastasis by disturbing the tumor vessel integrity and thereby facilitating tumor cell intravasation. [less ▲]

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