Integrin αvβ3 upregulates integrin-linked kinase expression in human ovarian cancer cells via enhancement of ILK gene transcription

Lössner, Daniela, Abou-Ajram, Claudia, Benge, Anke, Aumercier, Marc, Schmitt, Manfred, & Reuning, Ute (2009) Integrin αvβ3 upregulates integrin-linked kinase expression in human ovarian cancer cells via enhancement of ILK gene transcription. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 220(2), pp. 367-375.

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Abstract

We previously showed that integrin alphavbeta3 overexpression and engagement by its ligand vitronectin increased adhesion, motility, and proliferation of human ovarian cancer cells. In search of differentially regulated genes involved in these tumor biological events, we previously identified the integrin-linked kinase (ILK) to be under control of alphavbeta3. In the present investigation we demonstrated significantly upregulated ILK protein as a function of alphavbeta3 in two ovarian cancer cell lines, OV-MZ-6 and OVCAR-3, and proved co-localization at the surface of alphavbeta3-overexpressing cells adherent to vitronectin. Increase of ILK protein was reflected by enhanced ILK promoter activity, an effect, which we further characterized with regard to transcriptional response elements involved. Abrogation of NF-kappaB/c-rel or p53 binding augmented ILK promoter activity and preserved induction by alphavbeta3. The AP1-mutant exhibited decreased promoter activity but was also still inducible by alphavbeta3. Disruption of the two DNA consensus motifs for Ets proteins led to divergent observations: mutation of the Ets motif at promoter position -462 bp did not significantly alter promoter activity but still allowed response to alphavbeta3. In contrast, disruption of the second Ets motif at position -85 bp did not only lead to slightly diminished promoter activity but also, in that case, abrogated ILK promoter induction by alphavbeta3. Subsequent co-transfection studies with ets-1 in the presence of the second Ets motif led to additional induction of ILK promoter activity. Taken together, these data suggest that ets-1 binding to the second Ets DNA motif strongly contributes to alphavbeta3-mediated ILK upregulation. By increasing ILK as an important integrin-proximal kinase, alphavbeta3 may promote its intracellular signaling and tumor biological processes arising thereof in favor of ovarian cancer metastasis.

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ID Code: 68150
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1002/jcp.21774
ISSN: 1097-4652
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > ONCOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS (111200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 W I L E Y - L I S S , I N C
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2014 00:18
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 05:26

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