Journal article

Ascites induces modulation of alpha 6 beta 1 integrin and urokinase plasminogen activator receptor expression and associated functions in ovarian carcinoma

N Ahmed, C Riley, K Oliva, G Rice, M Quinn

British Journal of Cancer | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2005


Interactions between cancer cells and the surrounding medium are not fully understood. In this study, we demonstrate that ascites induces selective changes in the expression of integrins and urokinase plasminogen activator/urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPA/uPAR) in ovarian cancer cells. We hypothesise that this change of integrin and uPA/uPAR expression triggers signalling pathways responsible for modulating phenotype-dependent functional changes in ovarian cancer cells. Human ovarian surface epithelial (HOSE) cell lines and epithelial ovarian cancer cell lines were treated with ascites for 48 h. Ascites induced upregulation of alpha6 integrin, without any change in the expressio..

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