Activation of invasiveness of cervical carcinoma cells by angiotensin II

Fumitaka Kikkawa, Mika Mizuno, Kiyosumi Shibata, Hiroaki Kajiyama, Takanori Morita, Seiji Nomura, Shigehiko Mizutani

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Objective: Angiotensin II recently has been reported to promote the growth of several kinds of cells. In this study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II on cervical carcinoma cells. Study design: The expression of angiotensin II type I receptor was examined by immunohistochemistry in normal and neoplastic cervical tissues. Invasion assay was examined in Siha cells (cervical squamous cell carcinoma) and vascular endothelial growth factor levels were assayed with a vascular endothelial growth factor enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit. Results: Mean staining intensity level was stronger in invasive carcinoma cells than in normal, dysplasia, and carcinoma in situ tissues. Angiotensin II induced the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor from Siha cells. Furthermore, angiotensin II promoted the invasive potential of Siha cells. These effects were reversed by the addition of anti-human vascular endothelial growth factor antibody and candesartan (antagonist of angiotensin II type I receptor). Conclusion: Angiotensin II is involved in the progression of cervical carcinoma, because it induces the secretion of vascular endothelial growth factor through angiotensin II type I receptor, which results in the increased invasiveness of carcinoma cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1263
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 05-2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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