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Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2001 Apr;33(4):325-35.

Identification of tumour-induced changes in endothelial cell surface protein expression: an in vitro model.

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University of Nottingham Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, CRC Academic Department of Clinical Oncology, City Hospital, Hucknall Rd, NG5 1PB, Nottingham, UK.


The selective destruction of the supporting vasculature of tumours has been proposed as a means of therapy. Fundamental to this approach is the identification of suitable targets on tumour-endothelium. To detect proteins that may be up-regulated on the luminal (apical) surface of tumour-associated endothelium confluent endothelial cells were examined following incubation with tumour cell conditioned medium (TCM) from, or co-culture with, a range of breast carcinoma and small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cell lines. Exposed endothelial membrane proteins were labelled with sulpho-NHS-biotin and detected by enhanced chemiluminescence following two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE) and western blotting. TCM induced varying levels of proliferative activity in endothelial cells; generally breast TCM contained greater mitogenic activity than SCLC TCM. Exposure of human breast and lung microvascular, and umbilical vein endothelial cells to soluble tumour cell factors from several breast cancer and SCLC cells lines produced similar changes in luminal protein profiles: Breast cancer cells and in particular the MDA-MB-231 cell line induced the most pronounced changes. The expression of six proteins was altered consistently on endothelial cells stimulated with soluble tumour cell factors. However, similar changes were observed following incubation with ECGS suggesting that they were related to endothelial cell proliferation per se. As these proteins were altered in breast and lung microvascular, and umbilical vein endothelial cells stimulated by a variety of breast cancer and SCLC cell lines they support the potentially broad applicability of anti-vascular approaches targeted at the endothelium.

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