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Journal Articles Molecular Cancer Year : 2010

Uncoupled responses of Smad4-deficient cancer cells to TNFalpha result in secretion of monomeric laminin-gamma2.


BACKGROUND: Functional loss of the tumor suppressor Smad4 is involved in pancreatic and colorectal carcinogenesis and has been associated with the acquisition of invasiveness. We have previously demonstrated that the heterotrimeric basement membrane protein laminin-332 is a Smad4 target. Namely, Smad4 functions as a positive transcriptional regulator of all three genes encoding laminin-332; its loss is thus implicated in the reduced or discontinuous deposition of the heterotrimeric basement membrane molecule as evident in carcinomas. Uncoupled expression of laminin genes, on the other hand, namely overexpression of the laminin-gamma2 chain is an impressive marker at invasive edges of carcinomas where tumor cells are maximally exposed to signals from stromal cell types like macrophages. As Smad4 is characterized as an integrator of multiple extracellular stimuli in a strongly contextual manner, we asked if loss of Smad4 may also be involved in uncoupled expression of laminin genes in response to altered environmental stimuli. Here, we address Smad4 dependent effects of the prominent inflammatory cytokine TNFalpha on tumor cells. RESULTS: Smad4-reconstituted colon carcinoma cells like adenoma cells respond to TNFalpha with an increased expression of all three chains encoding laminin-332; coincubation with TGFbeta and TNFalpha leads to synergistic induction and to the secretion of large amounts of the heterotrimer. In contrast, in Smad4-deficient cells TNFalpha can induce expression of the gamma2 and beta3 but not the alpha3 chain. Surprisingly, this uncoupled induction of laminin-332 chains in Smad4-negative cells rather than causing intracellular accumulation is followed by the release of gamma2 into the medium, either in a monomeric form or in complexes with as yet unknown proteins. Soluble gamma2 is associated with increased cell migration. CONCLUSIONS: Loss of Smad4 may lead to uncoupled induction of laminin-gamma2 in response to TNFalpha and may therefore represent one of the mechanisms which underlie accumulation of laminin-gamma2 at the invasive margin of a tumor. The finding, that gamma2 is secreted from tumor cells in significant amounts and is associated with increased cell migration may pave the way for further investigation to better understand its functional relevance for tumor progression.
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inserm-00663907 , version 1 (27-01-2012)



Dirk Zboralski, Bettina Warscheid, Susanne Klein-Scory, M Bassel Malas, Heiko Becker, et al.. Uncoupled responses of Smad4-deficient cancer cells to TNFalpha result in secretion of monomeric laminin-gamma2.. Molecular Cancer, 2010, 9 (1), pp.65. ⟨10.1186/1476-4598-9-65⟩. ⟨inserm-00663907⟩


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