An oncogenic role of Agrin in regulating focal adhesion integrity in hepatocellular carcinoma

An oncogenic role of Agrin in regulating focal adhesion integrity in hepatocellular carcinoma
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An oncogenic role of Agrin in regulating focal adhesion integrity in hepatocellular carcinoma
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Nature Communications
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29 January 2015
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Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6184 (2015)
Abstract:
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths globally. The identity and role of cell surface molecules driving complex biological events leading to HCC progression are poorly understood, hence representing major lacunae in HCC therapies. Here, combining SILAC quantitative proteomics and biochemical approaches, we uncover a critical oncogenic role of Agrin, which is overexpressed and secreted in HCC. Agrin enhances cellular proliferation, migration and oncogenic signalling. Mechanistically, Agrin’s extracellular matrix sensor activity provides oncogenic cues to regulate Arp2/3-dependent ruffling, invadopodia formation and epithelial–mesenchymal transition through sustained focal adhesion integrity that drives liver tumorigenesis. Furthermore, Agrin signalling through Lrp4-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK) forms a critical oncogenic axis. Importantly, antibodies targeting Agrin reduced oncogenic signalling and tumour growth in vivo. Together, we demonstrate that Agrin is frequently upregulated and important for oncogenic property of HCC, and is an attractive target for antibody therapy.
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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2041-1723
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