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Moesin-dependent cytoskeleton remodelling is associated with an anaplastic phenotype of pancreatic cancer.

Abiatari I, Esposito I, Oliveira TD, Felix K, Xin H, Penzel R, Giese T, Friess H, Kleeff J - J. Cell. Mol. Med. (2009)

Bottom Line: For functional analysis, cell growth, adhesion and invasion assays were carried out after transient and stable knock-down of moesin expression in pancreatic cancer cells.We now show that moesin knock-down increases migration, invasion and metastasis and influences extracellular matrix organization of pancreatic cancer.Moesin-regulated migratory activities of pancreatic cancer cells were in part promoted through cellular translocation of beta-catenin, and re-distribution and organization of the cytoskeleton.

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Affiliation: Department of General Surgery, Technische Universität München, Ismaningerstrasse 22, 81675 Munich, Germany.

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Cell motility is controlled by the dynamic cytoskeleton and its related proteins, such as members of the ezrin/radixin/moesin (ERM) family, which act as signalling molecules inducing cytoskeleton remodelling. Although ERM proteins have been identified as important factors in various malignancies, functional redundancy between these proteins has hindered the dissection of their individual contribution. The aim of the present study was to analyse the functional role of moesin in pancreatic malignancies. Cancer cells of different malignant lesions of human and transgenic mice pancreata were evaluated by immunohistochemistry. For functional analysis, cell growth, adhesion and invasion assays were carried out after transient and stable knock-down of moesin expression in pancreatic cancer cells. In vivo tumourigenicity was determined using orthotopic and metastatic mouse tumour models. We now show that moesin knock-down increases migration, invasion and metastasis and influences extracellular matrix organization of pancreatic cancer. Moesin-regulated migratory activities of pancreatic cancer cells were in part promoted through cellular translocation of beta-catenin, and re-distribution and organization of the cytoskeleton. Analysis of human and different transgenic mouse pancreatic cancers demonstrated that moesin is a phenotypic marker for anaplastic carcinoma, suggesting that this ERM protein plays a specific role in pancreatic carcinogenesis.

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Moesin promotes adhesion and reduces invasion and migration. (A) Immunoblot showing transient down-regulation of moesin in Panc1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines compared to controls using siRNA transfection (left) and densitometric quantification of moesin down-regulation in these cells (right). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. (B) Quantification of adhesion assay of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Adherent cells were counted under the microscope and are expressed as the mean ± S.E.M. per three optical high-power fields. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. (C) Quantification of two-chamber invasion assays of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. D: Wound healing assay with Panc1 and SU8686 control and moesin RNAi cells (1). Quantification of Panc1 and SU8686 cells migrating into a defined wound area after 8 hrs. Cells in four defined areas per group per experiment were quantified (2). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells.
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fig02: Moesin promotes adhesion and reduces invasion and migration. (A) Immunoblot showing transient down-regulation of moesin in Panc1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines compared to controls using siRNA transfection (left) and densitometric quantification of moesin down-regulation in these cells (right). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. (B) Quantification of adhesion assay of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Adherent cells were counted under the microscope and are expressed as the mean ± S.E.M. per three optical high-power fields. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. (C) Quantification of two-chamber invasion assays of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. D: Wound healing assay with Panc1 and SU8686 control and moesin RNAi cells (1). Quantification of Panc1 and SU8686 cells migrating into a defined wound area after 8 hrs. Cells in four defined areas per group per experiment were quantified (2). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells.

Mentions: For functional assessment of moesin, transient RNAi transfection of Panc-1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines was utilized. Immunoblot analysis demonstrated reduced moesin expression after 96 hrs of MSN RNAi compared to control RNAi (Figs 2A, 3A and 4A).


Moesin-dependent cytoskeleton remodelling is associated with an anaplastic phenotype of pancreatic cancer.

Abiatari I, Esposito I, Oliveira TD, Felix K, Xin H, Penzel R, Giese T, Friess H, Kleeff J - J. Cell. Mol. Med. (2009)

Moesin promotes adhesion and reduces invasion and migration. (A) Immunoblot showing transient down-regulation of moesin in Panc1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines compared to controls using siRNA transfection (left) and densitometric quantification of moesin down-regulation in these cells (right). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. (B) Quantification of adhesion assay of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Adherent cells were counted under the microscope and are expressed as the mean ± S.E.M. per three optical high-power fields. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. (C) Quantification of two-chamber invasion assays of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. D: Wound healing assay with Panc1 and SU8686 control and moesin RNAi cells (1). Quantification of Panc1 and SU8686 cells migrating into a defined wound area after 8 hrs. Cells in four defined areas per group per experiment were quantified (2). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells.
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fig02: Moesin promotes adhesion and reduces invasion and migration. (A) Immunoblot showing transient down-regulation of moesin in Panc1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines compared to controls using siRNA transfection (left) and densitometric quantification of moesin down-regulation in these cells (right). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. (B) Quantification of adhesion assay of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Adherent cells were counted under the microscope and are expressed as the mean ± S.E.M. per three optical high-power fields. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. (C) Quantification of two-chamber invasion assays of Panc1 and SU8686 cells after moesin silencing. Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells. D: Wound healing assay with Panc1 and SU8686 control and moesin RNAi cells (1). Quantification of Panc1 and SU8686 cells migrating into a defined wound area after 8 hrs. Cells in four defined areas per group per experiment were quantified (2). Data are shown as mean ± S.E.M. *P < 0.05 compared to control cells.
Mentions: For functional assessment of moesin, transient RNAi transfection of Panc-1 and SU8686 pancreatic cancer cell lines was utilized. Immunoblot analysis demonstrated reduced moesin expression after 96 hrs of MSN RNAi compared to control RNAi (Figs 2A, 3A and 4A).

Bottom Line: For functional analysis, cell growth, adhesion and invasion assays were carried out after transient and stable knock-down of moesin expression in pancreatic cancer cells.We now show that moesin knock-down increases migration, invasion and metastasis and influences extracellular matrix organization of pancreatic cancer.Moesin-regulated migratory activities of pancreatic cancer cells were in part promoted through cellular translocation of beta-catenin, and re-distribution and organization of the cytoskeleton.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of General Surgery, Technische Universität München, Ismaningerstrasse 22, 81675 Munich, Germany.

ABSTRACT
Cell motility is controlled by the dynamic cytoskeleton and its related proteins, such as members of the ezrin/radixin/moesin (ERM) family, which act as signalling molecules inducing cytoskeleton remodelling. Although ERM proteins have been identified as important factors in various malignancies, functional redundancy between these proteins has hindered the dissection of their individual contribution. The aim of the present study was to analyse the functional role of moesin in pancreatic malignancies. Cancer cells of different malignant lesions of human and transgenic mice pancreata were evaluated by immunohistochemistry. For functional analysis, cell growth, adhesion and invasion assays were carried out after transient and stable knock-down of moesin expression in pancreatic cancer cells. In vivo tumourigenicity was determined using orthotopic and metastatic mouse tumour models. We now show that moesin knock-down increases migration, invasion and metastasis and influences extracellular matrix organization of pancreatic cancer. Moesin-regulated migratory activities of pancreatic cancer cells were in part promoted through cellular translocation of beta-catenin, and re-distribution and organization of the cytoskeleton. Analysis of human and different transgenic mouse pancreatic cancers demonstrated that moesin is a phenotypic marker for anaplastic carcinoma, suggesting that this ERM protein plays a specific role in pancreatic carcinogenesis.

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