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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Sep 5;308(4):814-9.

Specific alpha v integrin receptors modulate K1735 murine melanoma cell behavior.

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  • 1Department of Stomatology, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.


Expression of beta 3 integrins is increased in invasive melanoma. In this study we show that K1735 cell proliferation is enhanced by the expression of either beta 3 or a constitutively active Src. We investigated possible modulators of FN matrix assembly and found that matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) was activated by alpha v beta 3. alpha v beta 3 integrin was localized to focal contacts whereas alpha v beta 5 was peripherally distributed. MMP2 was also activated by expression of CASrc. MMP2 activation inversely correlated with FN matrix assembly, in that it dramatically reduced the organization of a FN matrix. K1735 cell migration on VN and invasion through a reconstituted basement membrane were decreased in the presence of anti-MMP2 antibodies. These results demonstrate that the expression of the alpha v beta 3 complex modulates melanoma cell behavior including activation of Src, organization of the cytoskeleton, assembly of the extracellular matrix, cell motility, and activation of MMP2.

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