Tumour blood vessels are gateways for distant metastasis. Recent studies have revealed that tumour endothelial cells (TECs) demonstrate distinct phenotypes from their normal counterparts. We have demonstrated that features of TECs are different depending on tumour malignancy, suggesting that TECs communicate with surrounding tumour cells. However, the contribution of TECs to metastasis has not been elucidated. Here, we show that TECs actively promote tumour metastasis through a bidirectional interaction between tumour cells and TECs. Co-implantation of TECs isolated from highly metastatic tumours accelerated lung metastases of low metastatic tumours. Biglycan, a small leucine-rich repeat proteoglycan secreted from TECs, activated tumour cell migration via nuclear factor-κB and extracellular signal–regulated kinase 1/2. Biglycan expression was upregulated by DNA demethylation in TECs. Collectively, our results demonstrate that TECs are altered in their microenvironment and, in turn, instigate tumour cells to metastasize, which is a novel mechanism for tumour metastasis.
Tumor endothelial cells (TECs) are therapeutic targets in anti-angiogenic therapy. Contrary to the traditional assumption, TECs can be genetically abnormal and might also acquire drug resistance. In this study, mouse TECs and normal ECs were isolated to investigate the drug resistance of TECs and the mechanism by which it is acquired. TECs were more resistant to paclitaxel with the up-regulation of multidrug resistance (MDR) 1 mRNA, which encodes the P-glycoprotein, compared with normal ECs. Normal human microvascular ECs were cultured in tumor-conditioned medium (CM) and became more resistant to paclitaxel through MDR1 mRNA up-regulation and nuclear translocation of Y-box-binding protein 1, which is an MDR1 transcription factor. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and Akt were activated in human microvascular ECs by tumor CM. We observed that tumor CM contained a significantly high level of VEGF. A VEGFR kinase inhibitor, Ki8751, and a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-Akt inhibitor, LY294002, blocked tumor CM-induced MDR1 up-regulation. MDR1 up-regulation, via the VEGF-VEGFR pathway in the tumor microenvironment, is one of the mechanisms of drug resistance acquired by TECs. We observed that VEGF secreted from tumors up-regulated MDR1 through the activation of VEGFR2 and Akt. This process is a novel mechanism of the acquisition of drug resistance by TECs in the tumor microenvironment.
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SummaryMycoplasmal membrane diacylated lipoproteins not only initiate proinflammatory responses through Tolllike receptor (TLR) 2 and TLR6 via the activation of the transcriptional factor NF-k k k k B, but also initiate apoptotic responses. The aim of this study was to clarify the apoptotic machineries. Mycoplasma fermentans lipoproteins and a synthetic lipopeptide, MALP-2, showed cytocidal activity towards HEK293 cells transfected with a TLR2-encoding plasmid. The activity was synergically augmented by co-expression of TLR6, but not by co-expression of other TLRs. Under the condition of co-expression of TLR2 and TLR6, the lipoproteins could induce maximum NF-k k k k B activation and apoptotic cell death in the cells 6 h and 24 h after stimulation respectively. Dominant-negative forms of MyD88 and FADD, but not IRAK-4, reduced the cytocidal activity of the lipoproteins. In addition, both dominant-negative forms also downregulated the activation of both NF-k k k k B and caspase-8 in the cells. Additionally, the cytocidal activity was sufficiently attenuated by a selective inhibitor of p38 MAPK. These findings suggest that mycoplasmal lipoproteins can trigger TLR2-and TLR6-mediated sequential bifurcate responses: NF-k k k k B activation as an early event, which is partially mediated by MyD88 and FADD; and apoptosis as a later event, which is regulated by p38 MAPK as well as by MyD88 and FADD.
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