Journal article

LOX-mediated collagen crosslinking is responsible for fibrosis-enhanced metastasis.

Thomas R Cox, Demelza Bird, Ann-Marie Baker, Holly E Barker, Melisa W-Y Ho, Georgina Lang, Janine T Erler

Cancer Res | Published : 2013

Abstract

Tumor metastasis is a highly complex, dynamic, and inefficient process involving multiple steps, yet it accounts for more than 90% of cancer-related deaths. Although it has long been known that fibrotic signals enhance tumor progression and metastasis, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unclear. Identifying events involved in creating environments that promote metastatic colonization and growth are critical for the development of effective cancer therapies. Here, we show a critical role for lysyl oxidase (LOX) in establishing a milieu within fibrosing tissues that is favorable to growth of metastastic tumor cells. We show that LOX-dependent collagen crosslinking is involved in cre..

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