Effect of ADAM28 on carcinoma cell metastasis by cleavage of von willebrand factor

Satsuki Mochizuki, Kenji Soejima, Masayuki Shimoda, Hitoshi Abe, Aya Sasaki, Hirotaka James Okano, Hideyuki Okano, Yasunori Okada

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Background A disintegrin and metalloproteinase 28 (ADAM28) is implicated in tumor growth and metastasis in human breast and non-small cell lung carcinomas. We explored the mechanism of ADAM28-mediated metastasis by searching for new substrates of ADAM28.MethodsWe used a yeast two-hybrid system to screen the human lung cDNA library for ADAM28-binding proteins and identified von Willebrand factor (VWF) as a potential candidate. Binding was confirmed using yeast two-hybrid and protein binding assays, and ADAM28-mediated cleavage of VWF was analyzed by immunoblotting. Exogenous VWF-induced apoptosis in vitro was examined in human lung carcinoma (PC-9 and Calu-3), breast carcinoma (MDA-MB231 and MCF-7), renal cell carcinoma (Caki-2 and 769P), and hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells, and expression of ADAM28 was assessed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting. Effect on lung metastasis of PC-9 and MDA-MB231 cells was assessed by knockdown of ADAM28 expression using short hairpin RNAs (ADAM28-shRNA) and small interfering RNAs (ADAM28-siRNA), and inhibition of activity using neutralizing anti-ADAM28 antibody, in a mouse xenograft model by in vivo imaging (n = 9 mice per group). All statistical tests were two-sided. Results ADAM28 could bind to and cleave native VWF. Cells with very low ADAM28 expression (MCF-7, 769P, and HepG2) were susceptible to VWF-induced apoptosis, whereas cells with high expression (PC-9, Calu-3, MDA-MB231, and Caki-2) were resistant. Knockdown of ADAM28 expression in PC-9 and MDA-MB231 cells by shRNA showed increased carcinoma cell apoptosis mainly in lung blood vessels and statistically significantly decreased lung metastasis at week 3 after injection (PC-9-control [n = 9 mice] vs PC-9-ADAM28-shRNA [n = 9 mice]: mean count = 198 × 10 6 vs 37 × 10 6 photons/s, difference = 161 × 10 6 photons/s, 95% confidence interval = 134 × 10 6 to 188 × 10 6 photons/s, P < .001). Similar inhibition of lung metastasis was observed with ADAM28-siRNA and anti-ADAM28 antibody. Conclusion ADAM28 cleaves and inactivates proapoptotic VWF in carcinoma cells and enhances lung metastasis probably by promoting carcinoma cell survival within the blood vessels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-922
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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