Characterization of phosphoglycerate kinase-1 expression of stromal cells derived from tumor microenvironment in prostate cancer progression

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  • Tumor and stromal interactions in the tumor microenvironment are critical for oncogenesis and cancer progression. Our understanding of the molecular events by which reactive stromal fibroblasts - myofibroblast or cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) - affect the growth and invasion of prostate cancer remains unclear. Laser capture microdissection and cDNA microarray analysis of CAFs in prostate tumors revealed strong up-regulation of phosphoglycerate kinase-1 (PGK1), an ATP-generating glycolytic enzyme that forms part of the glycolytic pathway and is directly involved in CXCL12-CXCR4 signaling. Normal fibroblasts overexpressing PGK1 resembled myofibroblasts in their expression of smooth muscle α-actin, vimentin, and high levels of CXCL12. These cells also displayed a higher proliferative index and the capability to contribute to prostate tumor cell invasion in vitro, possibly through expression of MMP-2 and MMP-3 and activation of the AKT and ERK pathways. Coimplantation of PGK1-overexpressing fibroblasts with prostate tumor cells promoted tumor cell growth in vivo. Collectively, these observations suggest that PGK1 helps support the interactions between cancer and its microenvironment. ©2010 AACR.
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  • Cancer Research  Journal
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    Author List

  • Wang J; Ying G; Wang J; Jung Y; Lu J; Zhu J; Pienta KJ; Taichman RS
  • Start Page

  • 471
  • End Page

  • 480
  • Volume

  • 70
  • Issue

  • 2