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Jpn J Cancer Res. 1991 Oct;82(10):1130-8.

Inhibitory effect of antimetastatic fusion polypeptide of human fibronectin on tumor cell adhesion to extracellular matrices.

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Institute of Immunological Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo.


We investigated the inhibitory mechanism of liver metastasis by using recombinant fragments with cell- and/or heparin-binding domains (C-274, H-271 or the fusion fragment CH-271). Intravenous co-injection of L5178Y-ML25 cells with CH-271 was more effective for the inhibition of liver metastasis than C-274, H-271 or C-274 + H-271. Reduction of the arrest and retention of the radiolabeled tumor cells in the liver of mice was found when CH-271 was co-injected with tumor cells. L5178Y-ML25 cells adhered both concentration- and time-dependently to the substrates precoated with fibronectin, laminin and reconstituted basement membrane, Matrigel. The tumor cell adhesions to the substrates were inhibited in the presence of CH-271. The tumor cell interaction with CH-271-substrate was inhibited by heparin, and monoclonal antibodies (IST-1 or IST-2) against the heparin-binding domain of fibronectin. However, monoclonal antibodies against the cell-binding domain failed to block the interaction. Similarly, CH-271-mediated antimetastatic activity was also inhibited by the treatment of CH-271 with IST-1 before the co-injection with tumor cells, whereas monoclonal antibody against the cell-binding domain had no effect. Thus, the antimetastatic effect of CH-271 fusion fragment on liver metastasis of L5178Y-ML25 cells may be partly due to interference with the adhesive interaction of tumor cells with extracellular matrix or basement membrane components by a heparin-binding domain-dependent mechanism.

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