Bone sialoprotein, matrix metalloproteinase 2, and α vβ3 integrin in osteotropic cancer cell invasion

Abdullah Karadag, Kalu U.E. Ogbureke, Neal S. Fedarko, Larry W. Fisher

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Background: Bone sialoprotein (BSP) interacts separately with both matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) and integrin αvβ 3 and is overexpressed in many metastatic tumors. Its role in tumor biology, however, remains unclear. We investigated whether BSP enhances cancer cell invasiveness by forming a trimolecular complex with MMP-2 and cell-surface integrin αvβ 3. Methods: Invasiveness of breast, prostate, lung, and thyroid tumor cell lines was measured with a modified Boyden chamber assay. Binding and co-localization of BSP, MMP-2, and integrin α vβ3 were investigated with immunoprecipitation and in situ hybridization. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results: Treatment with BSP increased invasiveness of many breast, prostate, lung, and thyroid cancer cells through Matrigel in a dose-dependent manner. BSP at 50 nM increased the invasiveness of SW-579 thyroid cancer cells (95.2 units, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 90.4 to 100 units) by approximately 10-fold compared with that of untreated control SW-579 cells (9.1 units, 95 % CI = 5.7 to 12.5 units) (P<.001). Addition of an inactive mutated BSP, in which BSP's integrin-binding RGD tripeptide was altered, or addition of integrin αvβ3-blocking antibodies resulted in invasiveness equivalent to that of untreated cells. Inhibiting cellular MMP-2 activity with chemical inhibitors or a specific antibody also blocked BSP-enhanced invasiveness. Osteopontin and dentin matrix protein 1, proteins related to BSP that also bind integrin α vβ3 and form complexes with other MMPs (but not MMP-2), did not enhance invasiveness. Immunoprecipitation showed that a complex containing BSP, integrin αvβ 3, and MMP-2 formed in vitro. Addition of BSP increased the amount of MMP-2 bound by cells in an integrin-dependent fashion. Co-expression of BSP, integrin αvβ3, and MMP-2 in papillary thyroid carcinoma cells was shown by in situ hybridization. Conclusion: Cancer cells appear to become more invasive when BSP forms a cell-surface trimolecular complex by linking MMP-2 to integrin αvβ3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-965
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 16 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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