Expression and function of Cyr61, an angiogenic factor, in breast cancer cell lines and tumor biopsies

Miaw Sheue Tsai, Ann E. Hornby, Johnathon Lakins, Ruth Lupu

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We have previously shown that expression of heregulin (HRG) is closely correlated with breast cancer progression. We have subsequently isolated Cyr61, a ligand for the α(v)β3 integrin that is differentially expressed in HRG-positive cells, and have shown that it is expressed in all of the invasive and metastatic breast cancer cell lines tested. Preliminary evaluation of Cyr61 expression in breast tumor biopsies revealed expression of Cyr61 in about 30% of invasive breast carcinomas. Significantly, we demonstrated that Cyr61 is a downstream effector of HRG action, because a Cyr61-neutralizing antibody abolished the ability of HRG-expressing cells to migrate in vitro. Furthermore, we have shown that HRG-expressing cells denote higher levels of α(v)β3 expression, and we have established that Cyr61 action is mediated, at least in part, through its receptor α(v)β3, because a functional blocking antibody of the α(v)β3 blocked the Matrigel outgrowth of HRG-expressing cells. These results strongly suggest that Cyr61 is necessary for HRG-mediated chemomigration and that Cyr61 plays a functional role in breast cancer progression, possibly through its interactions with the α(v)β3 receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5603-5607
Number of pages5
JournalCancer research
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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