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Invasion & metastasis

Modulation of tumor cell motility by plasmin.


PMID 9949291

Abstract

Using a pure chemotactic model, we investigated the effect of plasmin on tumor cell motility. In the presence of various extracellular matrix proteins, plasmin facilitated motility of human melanoma LOX and lung cancer Lu-99 cells. Laminin contributed most to the action of plasmin. The cell motility induced by plasmin and laminin was chemokinetic in nature and was almost completely suppressed by alpha2-antiplasmin. To further characterize the action of plasmin, various signal transduction kinase inhibitors were tried out. The results suggested that plasmin may modulate cell motility through protein kinase C and mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades in cooperation with laminin.

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