CXCL8/IL-8 and CXCL12/SDF-lα co-operatively promote invasiveness and angiogenesis in pancreatic cancer

Yoichi Matsuo, Nobuo Ochi, Hirozumi Sawai, Akira Yasuda, Hiroki Takahashi, Hitoshi Funahashi, Hiromitsu Takeyama, Zhimin Tong, Sushovan Guha

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CXC-chemokines are involved in the chemotaxis of neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes. However, role of these chemokines in tiimorigenesis, especially with regard to interaction between tumor and its microenviron merit, has not been clearly elucidated. The purpose of this study was to analyze the co-operative role of CXCL8 and CXCL12 in the tomor-stromal interaction in pancreatic cancer (PaCa), Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), we initially confirmed the expression of ligands and receptors, respectively, of CXC-chemokines in PaCa and stromal cells. We examined the co-operative role of CXCL8 and CXCL12 in proliferation/invasion of PaCa and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), and in HUVEC tube-formations through tumor-stromal interaction by MTS, Matrigel invasion, and angiogenesis assays, respectively. We detected expression of CXCR4, but not CXCR2, in all PaCa cells and tbroblasts. PaCa cells secreted CXCL8, and fibroblast cells secreted CXCL12. CXCL8 production in PaCa was significantly enhanced by CXCL12, and CXCL12 production in fibroblasts was significantly enhanced by co-eulturing with PaCa. CXCL8 enhanced proliferation/invasion of HUVECs but did not promote proliferation/invasion of PaCa. Both recombinant and PaCa-derived CXCL8 enhanced tube formation of HUVECs that were co-cultured with fibroblast cells. CXCL12 enhanced the proliferation/invasion of HUVECs and the invasion of PaCa cells but had no effect on tube formation of HUVEC. We showed that PaCa-derived CXCL8 and fibroblast-derfved CXCL12 cooperatively induced angiogenesis in vitro by promoting HUVEC proliferation, invasion, and tube formation. Thus, corresponding receptors CXCR2 and CXCR4 are potential antiangiogenic and antimetastatic therapeutic targets in PaCa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-861
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15-02-2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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