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miR-18a is regulated between progressive compartments of cancers, and incorporated in exosomes with the potential of creating premetastatic niches and predict cancer outcome
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation Laboratories, Departments of Pediatrics, and Cell and Developmental Biology, Drukier Institute for Children’s Health, Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA.
Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation Laboratories, Departments of Pediatrics, and Cell and Developmental Biology, Drukier Institute for Children’s Health, Meyer Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Clinical Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Oncology.
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The ultimate cause of death for many cancer patients is the spread of the cancer via metastasis. Even so, there are still a lack of knowledge regarding the metastasis process. This study was performed to investigate the role of metastamirs in exosomes and their metastatic patterns. We used the well-established isogeneic murine cancer model of low metastatic 67NR cells, mimicking luminal/basal breast tumors, and highly metastatic 4T1 cells with characteristics of basal breast  tumors. We studied the exosomal properties and pre-metastatic effects in this metastasis model and compared human materials and exosomes of several other tumor types. Our data clearly demonstrated that exosomes from the highly metastatic cells home to the metastatic organs of their parental cells whereas exosomes from cells with low metastatic potential mostly located to lymph nodes. The exosome protein cargos also resembled their parental cells and potentially affects their target organs, and cells, differently. Furthermore, the exosomes from the highly metastatic cells had a more pronounced effect on tumor growth and pre-metastatic changes than the low metastatic exosomes. The microRNA-18a, a predictor of metastasis, was present to a higher extent in metastatic exosomes as compared to low metastatic exosomes, and altered the tumor progressive properties. Our findings support the role of exomirs as important players in the metastatic process, the value as biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets.

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2015.
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Cancer and Oncology Cell and Molecular Biology Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122829OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-122829DiVA: diva2:874175
Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2015-11-26Bibliographically approved
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1. Metastatic Mechanisms in Malignant Tumors
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The ultimate cause of cancer related deaths is metastasis. This thesis is about three of the main human cancers; breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancer, that together account for more than 25% of the cancer-related deaths worldwide. The focus of the thesis is the spread of cancer, metastasis, and the aim was to investigate mechanisms that can be of importance for this process. We analyzed patient samples to validate the role of epithelialto-mesenchymal transition in vivo and found regulations of many related factors. However, these changes tend to fluctuate along the metastatic process, something which makes targeting complicated. We, moreover, focused on the influence of the tumor microenvironment for metastatic spread. In pancreatic cancer, the stroma constitutes the main part of many tumors. We analyzed the crosstalk between tumor and stromal cell and focused on the mediating inflammatory factor interleukin-1 (IL-1) and regulation of microRNAs. The results showed that the most commonly mutated factor in pancreatic cancer, KRAS, associates with the expression of IL-1 and subsequent activation of stromal cells. Blocking KRAS signaling together with IL-1 blockage give a more pronounced effect on in vitro proliferation and migration of cancer cells and suggests the use of a combination therapy. The cancer-associated activation of the stroma was found to be related to changes in microRNA expression. microRNA was analyzed separately in epithelial cells and stromal cells after microdissection of matched samples of primary and secondary tumors of breast and colorectal cancers. miR-214 and miR-199a were upregulated in stroma associated with progressive tumors and in pancreatic cancer stroma we could show that their expression alters the activation of stromal cells and thereby the growth and migratory ability of associated pancreatic tumor cells. In  breast and colorectal cancers we found several common microRNAs to be up- or downregulated in line with progression. We could show that one of these candidates, miR-18a, had a prognostic value in metastatic breast cancer. To further develop these studies we analyzed this microRNA in circulating microvesicles, i.e. exosomes, and investigated their role in the preparation of a pre-metastatic niche. MicroRNAs are stable biomarkers in the circulation, especially protected in exosomes, which can moreover specifically deliver their message to recipient cells. These studies facilitate the understanding of metastatic behavior and suggest new targets to stop cancer metastasis.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2015. 91 p.
Series
Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 1487
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Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy) Cancer and Oncology Cell and Molecular Biology
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122830 (URN)978-91-7685-934-6 (print) (ISBN)
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2015-12-18, Hasselqvistsalen, Ingång 76, Hus 511, Campus US, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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The ISBN 987-91-7685-934-6 in the printed version is incorrect. The correct ISBN is  978-91-7685-934-6.

Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2015-12-18Bibliographically approved

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