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Biglycan expression in the melanoma microenvironment promotes invasiveness via increased tissue stiffness inducing integrin-β1 expression.

Hana Andrlová, Justin Mastroianni, Josef Madl, Johannes S Kern, Wolfgang Melchinger, Heide Dierbach, Florian Wernet, Marie Follo, Kristin Technau-Hafsi, Cristina Has, Venugopal Rao Mittapalli, Marco Idzko, Ricarda Herr, Tilman Brummer, Hendrik Ungefroren, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Andreas Narr, Gabriele Ihorst, Claire Vennin Show all

Oncotarget | Published : 2017

Abstract

Novel targeted and immunotherapeutic approaches have revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma. A better understanding of the melanoma-microenvironment, in particular the interaction of cells with extracellular matrix molecules, may help to further improve these new therapeutic strategies.We observed that the extracellular matrix molecule biglycan (Bgn) was expressed in certain human melanoma cells and primary fibroblasts when evaluated by microarray-based gene expression analysis. Bgn expression in the melanoma tissues correlated with low overall-survival and low progression-free-survival in patients. To understand the functional role of Bgn we used gene-targeted mice lacking func..

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