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Br J Cancer. 1997;76(5):582-7.

Increased sialyl Lewis A expression and fucosyltransferase activity with acquisition of a high metastatic capacity in a colon cancer cell line.

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The First Department of Surgery, Osaka City University Medical School, Osaka, Japan.


A human colon cancer cell line, OCUC-LM1(LM), was established from a liver metastasis in our laboratory. Intrasplenic injection of LM into nude mice was repeated three and five times, and the daughter cell lines were designated as LM-H3 and LM-H5 respectively. The level of sialyl Lewis A (SLA) in the supernatant of LM-H3 and LM-H5 was 3 and 4.5 times higher than that of LM respectively. Flow cytometric analysis of SLA expression showed that the peak channel for LM was 113; for LM-H3, 126; and for LM-H5, 146. The mean fluorescence intensity of LM was 102.3 +/- 43.5; for LM-H3, 126.2 +/- 28.4; and for LM-H5, 144.8 +/- 23.4. In endothelial cell adhesion assays, the percentages of adherent LM-H3 and LM-H5 cells were significantly higher than for LM. The activity of alpha1-->4 fucosyltransferase was higher in LM-H3 and LM-H5 than in LM, but there was no difference in alpha2-->3 sialyltransferase activities for type 1 chain among the cell lines. Our results suggest that SLA expression is associated with acquisition of a high capacity for liver metastasis of colon cancer; increased SLA expression is due mainly to increased fucosyltransferase activity.

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