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Eur J Cancer. 1995;31A(1):79-84.

Possible involvement of tumour cell membrane gangliosides in platelet-tumour cell interactions.

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  • 1Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.


The possible correlation(s) between platelet proaggregating activity, and sialic acid content and ganglioside expression of six human colorectal tumour cell lines (CBS, GEO, HT-29, WiDr, MIP and DLD-1) was evaluated. The three cell lines (HT-29, WiDr and DLD-1) capable of inducing remarkable in vitro platelet aggregation, had significantly higher amounts of lipid-bound sialic acid than those cell lines characterised by a lower platelet proaggregating activity (GEO, CBS and MIP). High performance thin-layer chromatography demonstrated the presence of one band comigrating with GM3 in all cell lines, while GD1a and GT1b comigrating gangliosides were present only in HT-29, WiDr and DLD-1 cells. Finally, an increased platelet pro-aggregating activity of GEO and CBS cell lines was observed after the incorporation of exogenous gangliosides. The present data support the hypothesis that lipid-bound sialic acid may be involved in platelet-tumour cell interactions.

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