Regulation of membrane-type 1 matrix metalloproteinase expression by zonula occludens-2 in human lung cancer cells.
; Syne, Laïdya ; et al
in Clinical & Experimental Metastasis (2013)
During tumor invasion, tumor epithelial cells acquire migratory and invasive properties involving important phenotypic alterations. Among these changes, one can observe reorganization or a loss of cell ... [more ▼]
During tumor invasion, tumor epithelial cells acquire migratory and invasive properties involving important phenotypic alterations. Among these changes, one can observe reorganization or a loss of cell-cell adhesion complexes such as tight junctions (TJs). TJs are composed of transmembrane proteins (occludin, claudins) linked to the actin cytoskeleton through cytoplasmic adaptor molecules including those of the zonula occludens family (ZO-1, -2, -3). We here evaluated the potential role of ZO-2 in the acquisition of invasive properties by tumor cells. In vivo, we showed a decrease of ZO-2 expression in bronchopulmonary cancers, with a preferential localization in the cytoplasm. In addition, in vitro, the localization of ZO-2 varied according to invasive properties of tumor cells, with a cytoplasmic localization correlating with invasion. In addition, we demonstrated that ZO-2 inhibition increases invasive and migrative capacities of invasive tumor cells. This was associated with an increase of MT1-MMP. These results suggest that ZO-2, besides its structural role in tight junction assembly, can act also as a repressor of tumor progression through its ability to reduce the expression of tumor-promoting genes in invasive tumor cells. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 16 (2 ULg)
A dynamic in vivo model of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions in circulating tumor cells and metastases of breast cancer.
; Syne, Laïdya ; Brysse, Anne et al
in Oncogene (2012), 31(33), 3741-53
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) processes endow epithelial cells with enhanced migratory/invasive properties and are therefore likely to contribute to tumor invasion and metastatic spread ... [more ▼]
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) processes endow epithelial cells with enhanced migratory/invasive properties and are therefore likely to contribute to tumor invasion and metastatic spread. Because of the difficulty in following EMT processes in human tumors, we have developed and characterized an animal model with transplantable human breast tumor cells (MDA-MB-468) uniquely showing spontaneous EMT events to occur. Using vimentin as a marker of EMT, heterogeneity was revealed in the primary MDA-MB-468 xenografts with vimentin-negative and vimentin-positive areas, as also observed on clinical human invasive breast tumor specimens. Reverse transcriptase-PCR after microdissection of these populations from the xenografts revealed EMT traits in the vimentin-positive zones characterized by enhanced 'mesenchymal gene' expression (Snail, Slug and fibroblast-specific protein-1) and diminished expression of epithelial molecules (E-cadherin, ZO-3 and JAM-A). Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) were detected in the blood as soon as 8 days after s.c. injection, and lung metastases developed in all animals injected as examined by in vivo imaging analyses and histology. High levels of vimentin RNA were detected in CTCs by reverse transcriptase-quantitative PCR as well as, to a lesser extent, Snail and Slug RNA. Von Willebrand Factor/vimentin double immunostainings further showed that tumor cells in vascular tumoral emboli all expressed vimentin. Tumoral emboli in the lungs also expressed vimentin whereas macrometastases displayed heterogenous vimentin expression, as seen in the primary xenografts. In conclusion, our data uniquely demonstrate in an in vivo context that EMT occurs in the primary tumors, and associates with an enhanced ability to intravasate and generate CTCs. They further suggest that mesenchymal-to-epithelial phenomena occur in secondary organs, facilitating the metastatic growth [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 47 (7 ULg)