Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 (VEGFR-3) in human prostate.
Li Rile,Younes Mamoun,Wheeler Thomas M,Scardino Peter,Ohori Makato,Frolov Anna,Ayala Gustavo
BACKGROUND:The growth and dissemination of tumors has been associated with angiogenesis, which is regulated by a group of polypeptide factors including vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C). VEGF-C binds its receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 (VEGFR-3) to promote growth of tumor-associated lymphatic vessels. METHODS:In this study, microarray technology was used to build tissue arrays of normal prostate, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate carcinomas (PCa) using tissues from 640 patients. Slides were sectioned and stained with a polyclonal antibody to VEGFR-3 using a standard immunoperoxidase method and digitized. Immunoreactivity was scored using a 0-3+ semiquantitation scoring system for both intensity and percentage. The sum index was obtained by totaling the scores. RESULTS:VEGFR-3 is expressed in normal prostate, BPH, and PCa, but VEGFR-3 expression is up-regulated in PCa. We also found that VEGFR-3 is correlated with pre-operative prostate-specific antigen (Pre-PSA), Gleason score, and lymph node metastasis. The recurrence-free 5-year survival in cases with lower sum index (0-3) was significantly higher than that in cases with higher sum index (4-6) (77.3, 69.6%, respectively, P = 0.037) by Kaplan-Meier actuarial model. CONCLUSIONS:Our data suggest that VEGFR-3 expression is associated with tumor progression and may play an important role in facilitating lymphatic spread of PCa; high-level of VEGFR-3 expression in prostate cancer cells increases the risk of biochemical recurrence in prostate cancer patients treated by radical prostatectomy.
Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 by lymphatic endothelial cells is associated with lymph node metastasis in prostate cancer.
Zeng Yiping,Opeskin Kenneth,Baldwin Megan E,Horvath Lisa G,Achen Marc G,Stacker Steven A,Sutherland Robert L,Williams Elizabeth D
Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
PURPOSE:The molecular mechanisms underlying lymph node metastasis are poorly understood, despite the well-established clinical importance of lymph node status in many human cancers. Recently, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C and VEGF-D have been implicated in the regulation of tumor lymphangiogenesis and enhancement of lymphatic invasion via activation of VEGF receptor-3. The purpose of this study was to determine the expression pattern of the VEGF-C/VEGF-D/VEGF receptor-3 axis in prostate cancer and its relationship with lymph node metastasis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN:The expression pattern of VEGF-C, VEGF-D, and VEGF receptor-3 in localized prostate cancer specimens (n = 37) was determined using immunohistochemistry. RESULTS:Widespread, heterogeneous staining for VEGF-C and VEGF-D was observed in all cancer specimens. Intensity of VEGF-C staining was lower in benign prostate epithelium than in adjacent carcinoma, whereas no difference between benign epithelium and carcinoma was observed for VEGF-D staining. VEGF receptor-3 immunostaining was detected in endothelial cells of lymphatic vessels in 18 of 37 tissue samples. The presence of VEGF receptor-3-positive vessels was associated with lymph node metastasis (P = 0.0002), Gleason grade (P < 0.0001), extracapsular extension (P = 0.0382), and surgical margin status (P = 0.0069). In addition, VEGF receptor-3 staining highlighted lymphatic invasion by VEGF-C-positive/VEGF-D-positive carcinoma cells. CONCLUSIONS:Together, these results suggest that paracrine activation of lymphatic endothelial cell VEGF receptor-3 by VEGF-C and/or VEGF-D may be involved in lymphatic metastasis. Thus the VEGF-C/VEGF-D/VEGF receptor-3 signaling pathway may provide a target for antilymphangiogenic therapy in prostate cancer.
[Correlation between the expression of VEGF-C mRNA, VEGFR-3, CD31 and tumor metastases in Chinese with prostate cancer].
Ding Guo Fang,Li Ji Cheng,Xu Yin Feng,Sun Yu,Tao Li
Shi yan sheng wu xue bao
The expressions of VEGF-C mRNA, VEGFR-3 and CD31 were studied in order to investigate the correlation between them and neoangiogenesis, hyperplasia of micro-lymphatics and tumor metastases. 34 cases of prostate cancer tissue and 12 cases of adjacent nontumorous tissue specimens were tested. They were marked by VEGFR-3 and CD31 with immunohistochemistic staining and analyzed with image, the micro-lymphatics count (MLC) and microvessel density (MVD) were counted using Weidner's highest vessel density count method; the expression of VEGF-C mRNA was inspected in situ hybridization. The expression of VEGF-C mRNA was 44.12% positive in 34 cases of prostate cancer, the MLC (8.26 +/- 2.73)mm2 and MVD (74.82 +/- 11.76)mm2 in prostate cancer were significantly higher than those in adjacent nontumorous tissue (MLC, 4.82 +/- 3.48/mm2; MVD, 32.86 +/- 5.41/mm2). In addition, there was a correlation between the expression of VEGF-C mRNA and micro-lymphatics metastases and there was a positive correlation between the expression of VEGFR-3 and CD31. The expressions of VEGF-C mRNA , MLC, MVD in stage III and IV and those who have lymph metastasis were higher than those in stage I and II and those who have no lymph metastasis; the expressions of VEGFR-3 and CD31 in VEGF-C mRNA positive groups were significantly higher than those in negative groups. The difference of histopathologic grading in prostate cancer had no statistical significance. VEGF-C could accelerate the hyperplasia of micro-lymphatics and neoangiogenesis induced by tumor and play an important role in tumor lymph metastases. There was a close correlation between the expressions of VEGFR-3, CD31 and tumor metastases. The increase of MLC and MVD on prostate cancer indicated the hyperplasia of new micro-lymphatics and neoangiogenesis in the tumor tissue, which could also be a signal to determine the tumor metastases in clinic.
Upregulation of VEGF-C by androgen depletion: the involvement of IGF-IR-FOXO pathway.
Li Jinping,Wang Enfeng,Rinaldo Francesca,Datta Kaustubh
Androgen ablation therapy is eventually followed by a more metastatic and androgen-refractory stage of prostate cancer. The detailed molecular mechanism of this gradual transition is not clearly understood. Recent reports correlate the high abundance of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) to the lymph node metastasis seen in human prostate cancer (Tsurusaki et al., 1999). In this study, we report that androgen ablation in LNCaP cells augment the transcriptional upregulation of VEGF-C and the downregulation of the IGF-IR pathway, due to androgen withdrawal, is a potential mechanism for this observed VEGF-C transcription. Forkhead transcription factor FOXO-1, activated by SIRT-1, was identified as the downstream molecule within this pathway. Furthermore, the VEGF-C-induced increase of Bag-IL expression in LNCaP cells suggests that VEGF-C plays a role in the androgen-independent reactivation of the androgen receptor, resulting in androgen-refractory prostate cancer growth.
Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) and VEGF receptor-3 in human prostate cancer is associated with regional lymph node metastasis.
Jennbacken Karin,Vallbo Christina,Wang Wanzhong,Damber Jan-Erik
BACKGROUND:Vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) and its receptor, VEGFR-3, have been implicated as important factors in the formation of lymphatic vessels and recent evidence suggests that tumor lymphangiogenesis promotes lymphatic metastasis. METHODS:The expression of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 was examined in 22 human prostate cancer specimens with immunohistochemistry. A semi-quantitative scoring system was used for evaluation of staining. RESULTS:Expression of VEGF-C was stronger in prostate cancer areas in comparison to adjacent benign glands. In addition, patients with lymph node metastases had a significantly higher expression of VEGF-C than patients without lymph node metastases. Interestingly, VEGFR-3 was expressed in malignant prostate epithelial cells and its expression was significantly higher in the lymph node positive group compared to the lymph node negative group. CONCLUSIONS:The results of the present study indicate that increased expression of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 play a role in prostate cancer progression and in metastasis to regional lymph nodes.
Tumor-secreted vascular endothelial growth factor-C is necessary for prostate cancer lymphangiogenesis, but lymphangiogenesis is unnecessary for lymph node metastasis.
Wong Sunny Y,Haack Herbert,Crowley Denise,Barry Marc,Bronson Roderick T,Hynes Richard O
Dissemination to draining lymph nodes is a frequent first step in prostate cancer metastasis. Although tumors metastasize to lymph nodes via the lymphatics, the importance of lymphangiogenesis in mediating the process remains controversial. Here, we inhibit intratumoral lymphangiogenesis in s.c. and surgical orthotopic implantation mouse models of human prostate cancer using several strategies. Stable expression of small interfering RNAs (siRNA) targeted against human vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) in PC-3 cells reduced intratumoral lymphatics by 99% in s.c. tumors, indicating that tumor-secreted VEGF-C is necessary for lymphangiogenesis. Expression of siRNAs against human VEGF-A somewhat reduced tumor lymphangiogenesis. Secretion of a soluble VEGF receptor-3/Flt4 fusion protein by PC-3 cells reduced intratumoral lymphatics by 100% in s.c. tumors. Combination of soluble Flt4 and VEGF-C siRNA yielded >92% reduction of intratumoral lymphatics in orthotopic prostate tumors. However, metastasis to lymph nodes was not significantly affected regardless of intratumoral lymphatic vessel density. The abundance of marginal lymphatics at the tumor-stromal interface was unchanged in orthotopic tumors whose intratumoral lymphatics were inhibited, suggesting that these marginal vessels could be sufficient for lymph node metastasis. Hematogenous metastasis (blood tumor burden, lung metastasis) correlated with degree of lymph node invasion. We also analyzed the lymphatics in spontaneous transgenic adenocarcinomas of the mouse prostate which metastasize to lymph nodes. Progression from well-differentiated prostate intraepithelial neoplasia to metastatic, undifferentiated adenocarcinoma was accompanied by loss of lymphatics. These results suggest that tumor-secreted VEGF-C and, to a lesser extent, VEGF-A, are important for inducing prostate cancer intratumoral lymphangiogenesis but are unnecessary for lymph node metastasis.
Increased expressions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), VEGF-C and VEGF receptor-3 in prostate cancer tissue are associated with tumor progression.
Yang Jie,Wu Hong-Fei,Qian Li-Xin,Zhang Wei,Hua Li-Xin,Yu Mei-Lin,Wang Zhen,Xu Zheng-Quan,Sui Yuan-Geng,Wang Xin-Ru
Asian journal of andrology
AIM:To investigate the differences in microvessel densities (MVD) and the expressions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), VEGF-C and VEGF receptor-3 (VEGFR-3) between prostate cancer (PCa) tissues and adjacent benign tissues, and to explore the correlations among MVD, Jewett-Whitmore staging, Gleason scores and expressions of VEGF, VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 in the progression of PCa. METHODS:An immunohistochemical approach was adopted to detect the expressions of CD34, VEGF, VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 in both cancer areas and peripheral benign areas of 71 primary prostatic adenocarcinoma specimens. A statistic analysis was then performed according to the experimental and clinic data. RESULTS:Significantly upregulated expressions of VEGF, VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 were all found in malignant epithelium/cancer cells compared with adjacent benign epithelium (P<0.01). Patients in stage D had a significantly higher score than patients in stage A, B or C when comparing the expression of VEGF-C or VEGFR-3 in the tumor area (P<0.01). In addition, significant correlations were observed between Jewett-Whitmore staging and VEGF-C (r(s)=0.738, P<0.01), clinical staging and VEGFR-3 (r(s)=0.410, P<0.01), VEGF-C and Gleason scores (r(s)=0.401, P<0.01), VEGFR-3 and Gleason scores (r(s)=0.581, P<0.001) and MVD and VEGF (r(s)=0.492, P<0.001). CONCLUSION:Increased expressions of VEGF and VEGF-C were closely associated with progression of PCa. The main contribution of increased VEGF expression for PCa progression was to upregulate MVD, which maintained the growth advantage of tumor tissue. However, the chief role of increased expressions of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 was to enhance lymphangiogenesis and provide a main pathway for cancer cells to disseminate.
The role of the lymphatic system and its specific growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor C, for lymphogenic metastasis in prostate cancer.
Trojan Lutz,Rensch Florian,Voss Martin,Grobholz Rainer,Weiss Christel,Jackson David G,Alken Peter,Michel Maurice S
OBJECTIVE:To compare prostate carcinoma, with and with no lymph node metastasis, to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) tissue for lymphatic vessel density (LVD) and the expression of the lymph-endothelial specific growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C), to determine their role in lymphogenic metastasis. PATIENTS, MATERIALS AND METHODS:Lymphatic vessels were stained using lymphatic vessel endothelial hyaluronan receptor 1 and assessed in standard areas. The expression of VEGF-C was assessed by the number of positive epithelial cells. The data were compared with the clinical staging. RESULTS:The lowest LVD was found in tumorous areas as opposed to periphery and nontumorous tissue (P = 0.007; P < 0.001). The highest LVD was in BPH tissue (P < 0.001). There was no correlation with clinical staging. There was more VEGF-C staining in pN1 than in pN0 and in BPH specimens (P = 0.002). CONCLUSION:LVD is not a prognostic variable for the process of lymphogenic metastasis in prostate cancer. VEGF-C is up-regulated in prostate cancer and its correlation with lymph node status suggests a role for the development of lymph node metastasis, e.g. via an increased permeability of lymphatic vessels.
Tumor-induced activation of lymphatic endothelial cells via vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 is critical for prostate cancer lymphatic metastasis.
Zeng Yiping,Opeskin Kenneth,Goad Jeremy,Williams Elizabeth D
Prostate cancer disseminates initially and primarily to regional lymph nodes. However, the nature of interactions between tumor cells and lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC) is poorly understood. In the current study, we have isolated prostate LECs and developed a series of two-dimensional and three-dimensional in vitro coculture systems and in vivo orthotopic prostate cancer models to investigate the interactions of prostate cancer cells with prostate LECs. In vitro, highly lymph node metastatic prostate cancer cell lines (PC-3 and LNCaP) and their conditioned medium enhanced prostate LEC tube formation and migration, whereas poorly lymph node metastatic prostate cancer cells (DU145) or normal prostate epithelial cells (RWPE-1) or their conditioned medium had no effect. In vivo, the occurrence of lymphatic invasion and lymph node metastasis was observed in PC-3 and LNCaP xenografts but not in DU145 xenografts. Furthermore, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor (VEGFR)-2 is expressed by prostate LECs, and its ligands VEGF-A, VEGF-C, and VEGF-D are up-regulated in highly lymph node metastatic prostate cancer cells. Recombinant VEGF-A and VEGF-C, but not VEGF-C156S, potently promoted prostate LEC tube formation, migration, and proliferation in vitro, indicating that signaling via VEGFR-2 rather than VEGFR-3 is involved in these responses. Consistent with this, blockade of VEGFR-2 significantly reduced tumor-induced activation of LECs. These results show that the interaction of prostate tumor cells with LECs via VEGFR-2 modulates LEC behavior and is related to the ability of tumor cells to form lymph node metastases.
Modulating metastasis by a lymphangiogenic switch in prostate cancer.
Brakenhielm Ebba,Burton Jeremy B,Johnson Mai,Chavarria Nelson,Morizono Kouki,Chen Irvin,Alitalo Kari,Wu Lily
International journal of cancer
Prostate cancer dissemination is difficult to detect in the clinic, and few treatment options exist for patients with advanced-stage disease. Our aim was to investigate the role of tumor lymphangiogenesis during metastasis. Further, we implemented a noninvasive molecular imaging technique to facilitate the assessment of the metastatic process. The metastatic potentials of several human prostate cancer xenograft models, LAPC-4, LAPC-9, PC3 and CWR22Rv-1 were compared. The cells were labeled with luciferase, a bioluminescence imaging reporter gene, to enable optical imaging. After tumor implantation the animals were examined weekly during several months for the appearance of metastases. Metastatic lesions were confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Additionally, the angiogenic and lymphangiogenic profiles of the tumors were characterized. To confirm the role of lymphangiogenesis in mediating metastasis, the low-metastatic LAPC-9 tumor cells were engineered to overexpress VEGF-C, and the development of metastases was evaluated. Our results show CWR22Rv-1 and PC3 tumor cell lines to be more metastatic than LAPC-4, which in turn disseminates more readily than LAPC-9. The difference in metastatic potential correlated with the endogenous production levels of lymphangiogenic growth factor VEGF-C and the presence of tumor lymphatics. In agreement, induced overexpression of VEGF-C in LAPC-9 enhanced tumor lymphangiogenesis leading to the development of metastatic lesions. Taken together, our studies, based on a molecular imaging approach for semiquantitative detection of micrometastases, point to an important role of tumor lymphatics in the metastatic process of human prostate cancer. In particular, VEGF-C seems to play a key role in prostate cancer metastasis.
Serum vascular endothelial growth factor C level in patients with prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Voss Martin,Trojan Lutz,Steidler Annette,Weiss Christel,Grobholz Rainer,Alken Peter,Michel Maurice Stephan
Analytical and quantitative cytology and histology
OBJECTIVE:To compare serum vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) levels in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer (PCa) and analyze VEGF-C levels in relation to clinicopathologic parameters. STUDY DESIGN:Fifty-eight patients with PCa and 61 patients with BPH were included in this study. Serum VEGF-C levels were assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS:The serum VEGF-C level for patients with PCa was 3,432.06 +/- 1,851.07 as opposed to 3,166.68 +/- 1,921.2 for patients with BPH. There was no statistically significant difference between the 2 groups (p = 0.4448). There was no correlation of VEGF-C to tumor stage, grading or the preoperative prostate-specific antigen values. CONCLUSION:We cannot recommend VEGF-C serum level as a marker for tumor growth in PCa.
Suppression of prostate cancer nodal and systemic metastasis by blockade of the lymphangiogenic axis.
Burton Jeremy B,Priceman Saul J,Sung James L,Brakenhielm Ebba,An Dong Sung,Pytowski Bronislaw,Alitalo Kari,Wu Lily
Lymph node involvement denotes a poor outcome for patients with prostate cancer. Our group, along with others, has shown that initial tumor cell dissemination to regional lymph nodes via lymphatics also promotes systemic metastasis in mouse models. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of suppressive therapies targeting either the angiogenic or lymphangiogenic axis in inhibiting regional lymph node and systemic metastasis in subcutaneous and orthotopic prostate tumor xenografts. Both androgen-dependent and more aggressive androgen-independent prostate tumors were used in our investigations. Interestingly, we observed that the threshold for dissemination is lower in the vascular-rich prostatic microenvironment compared with subcutaneously grafted tumors. Both vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) ligand trap (sVEGFR-3) and antibody directed against VEGFR-3 (mF4-31C1) significantly reduced tumor lymphangiogenesis and metastasis to regional lymph nodes and distal vital organs without influencing tumor growth. Conversely, angiogenic blockade by short hairpin RNA against VEGF or anti-VEGFR-2 antibody (DC101) reduced tumor blood vessel density, significantly delayed tumor growth, and reduced systemic metastasis, although it was ineffective in reducing lymphangiogenesis or nodal metastasis. Collectively, these data clarify the utility of vascular therapeutics in prostate tumor growth and metastasis, particularly in the context of the prostate microenvironment. Our findings highlight the importance of lymphangiogenic therapies in the control of regional lymph node and systemic metastasis.
Loss of NKX3.1 favors vascular endothelial growth factor-C expression in prostate cancer.
Zhang Heyu,Muders Michael H,Li Jinping,Rinaldo Francesca,Tindall Donald J,Datta Kaustubh
Decreased levels of the prostate-specific homeobox protein NKX3.1 are correlated with hormone-refractory and metastatic prostate cancer. Thus, it is compelling to define the NKX3.1-regulated genes that may be important for the progression of the advanced stage of the disease. In this study, we showed that vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) is one such target gene of NKX3.1. NKX3.1 inhibited VEGF-C expression in prostate cancer, and the loss of NKX3.1 led to increased VEGF-C expression. Histone deacetylase 1 acted as a corepressor of VEGF-C expression along with NKX3.1. Activated RalA acted in synergy with the loss of NKX3.1 for VEGF-C transcription. Patients with deletions at chromosome 8p21.1-p21.2 as a sole deletion developed lymph node metastasis. Interestingly, the higher expression of VEGF-C in prostate cancer is also correlated with lymph node metastasis. Therefore, regulation of VEGF-C expression by NKX3.1 provides a possible mechanism by which the loss of NKX3.1 protein level leads to lymphangiogenesis in the late stages of advanced prostate cancer.
Cyclooxygenase-2 expression is associated with vascular endothelial growth factor-C and lymph node metastases in human prostate cancer.
Di Jin-Ming,Zhou Jing,Zhou Xu-Long,Gao Xin,Shao Chun-Qui,Pang Jun,Sun Qi-Peng,Zhang Yan,Ruan Xing-Xing
Archives of medical research
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:Recent observations suggest an implication of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in tumor lymphangiogenesis through an upregulation of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) expression. However, it is unclear whether COX-2 is also associated with VEGF-C expression, tumor lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis in human prostate cancer. METHODS:COX-2 and VEGF-C expression were examined in tumor tissues from 58 prostate cancer patients using immunohistochemical staining. We also analyzed the association of COX-2 and VEGF-C expression with tumor lymphangiogenesis quantified as lymphatic vessel density (LVD), lymph node metastasis, and patients' biochemical progression-free survival (b-PFS). RESULTS:High expression of either COX-2 or VEGF-C was correlated with tumor lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis, as well as poor b-PFS. Moreover, a strong correlation was found between expression of COX-2 and VEGF-C (r = 0.631, p <0.001). CONCLUSIONS:COX-2 is positively associated with VEGF-C expression, tumor lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis in prostate cancer. These findings suggest that COX-2 may play a pivotal role in lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis of prostate cancer via the regulation of VEGF-C expression.
Vascular endothelial growth factor-C protects prostate cancer cells from oxidative stress by the activation of mammalian target of rapamycin complex-2 and AKT-1.
Muders Michael H,Zhang Heyu,Wang Enfeng,Tindall Donald J,Datta Kaustubh
Recurrence and subsequent metastatic transformation of cancer develops from a subset of malignant cells, which show the ability to resist stress and to adopt to a changing microenvironment. These tumor cells have distinctly different growth factor pathways and antiapoptotic responses compared with the vast majority of cancer cells. Long-term therapeutic success can only be achieved by identifying and targeting factors and signaling cascades that help these cells survive during stress. Both microarray and immunohistochemical analysis on human prostate cancer tissue samples have shown an increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) in metastatic prostate cancer. We have discovered that VEGF-C acts directly on prostate cancer cells to protect them against oxidative stress. VEGF-C increased the survival of prostate cancer cells during hydrogen peroxide stress by the activation of AKT-1/protein kinase Balpha. This activation was mediated by mammalian target of rapamycin complex-2 and was not observed in the absence of oxidative stress. Finally, the transmembrane nontyrosine kinase receptor neuropilin-2 was found to be essential for the VEGF-C-mediated AKT-1 activation. Indeed, our findings suggest a novel and distinct function of VEGF-C in protecting cancer cells from stress-induced cell death, thereby facilitating cancer recurrence and metastasis. This is distinctly different from the known function of VEGF-C in inducing lymphangiogenesis.
Overexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor C increases growth and alters the metastatic pattern of orthotopic PC-3 prostate tumors.
Tuomela Johanna,Valta Maija,Seppänen Jani,Tarkkonen Kati,Väänänen H Kalervo,Härkönen Pirkko
BACKGROUND:Prostate cancer metastasizes to regional lymph nodes and distant sites but the roles of lymphatic and hematogenous pathways in metastasis are not fully understood. METHODS:We studied the roles of VEGF-C and VEGFR3 in prostate cancer metastasis by blocking VEGFR3 using intravenous adenovirus-delivered VEGFR3-Ig fusion protein (VEGFR3-Ig) and by ectopic expression of VEGF-C in PC-3 prostate tumors in nude mice. RESULTS:VEGFR3-Ig decreased the density of lymphatic capillaries in orthotopic PC-3 tumors (p < 0.05) and inhibited metastasis to iliac and sacral lymph nodes. In addition, tumor volumes were smaller in the VEGFR3-Ig-treated group compared with the control group (p < 0.05). Transfection of PC-3 cells with the VEGF-C gene led to a high level of 29/31 kD VEGF-C expression in PC-3 cells. The size of orthotopic and subcutaneous PC-3/VEGF-C tumors was significantly greater than that of PC-3/mock tumors (both p < 0.001). Interestingly, while most orthotopic PC-3 and PC-3/mock tumors grown for 4 weeks metastasized to prostate-draining lymph nodes, orthotopic PC-3/VEGF-C tumors primarily metastasized to the lungs. PC-3/VEGF-C tumors showed highly angiogenic morphology with an increased density of blood capillaries compared with PC-3/mock tumors (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION:The data suggest that even though VEGF-C/VEGFR3 pathway is primarily required for lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis, an increased level of VEGF-C can also stimulate angiogenesis, which is associated with growth of orthotopic prostate tumors and a switch from a primary pattern of lymph node metastasis to an increased proportion of metastases at distant sites.
The relationship between proangiogenic gene expression levels in prostate cancer and their prognostic value for clinical outcomes.
Mori Ryutaro,Dorff Tanya B,Xiong Shigang,Tarabolous Chad J,Ye Wei,Groshen Susan,Danenberg Kathleen D,Danenberg Peter V,Pinski Jacek K
BACKGROUND:Androgens stimulate the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) through activation of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). These genes play a major role in cancer angiogenesis. This study assesses the relationship among expression levels for the androgen receptor (AR), HIF1a, VEGF-A, and VEGF-C genes in human prostate cancer tissue and their impact on prostate cancer outcomes. It also examines the impact of pre-operative androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) on the expression of these genes. METHODS:Radical prostatectomy specimens were obtained from 138 patients with D1 prostate cancer from the University of Southern California prostatectomy database; 30% received pre-operative and 23% received post-operative ADT. Gene expression levels were determined by quantitative real-time PCR. Specimens were stratified into three groups for each gene based on expression levels, and groups were compared for clinical outcomes (PSA and clinical recurrence, overall survival). RESULTS:There was a significant correlation in expression levels amongst all genes. Patients treated with pre-operative ADT had significantly lower HIF1a expression, mean 2.64 (CI 2.34-2.94) than patients not treated, mean 3.25 (CI 2.97-3.53, P = 0.006), adjusting for age, PSA, Gleason score, and stage. Higher VEGF-A expression was significantly associated with better overall survival (HR 0.49, P = 0.015). The risk of developing clinical recurrence was significantly lower with higher VEGF-C expression (HR 0.4, P = 0.014). CONCLUSIONS:Significant correlation was noted among AR, HIF1a, VEGF-A, and VEGF-C. This study shows that ADT is associated with lower HIF1a gene expression in human prostate cancer tissue and documents prognostic value for VEGF-A and VEGF-C expression levels.
[Correlation of the expressions of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 to the pathological grade of prostate cancer].
Chen Hu,Zhao Guo-ping,Xiao Ning-xin,Xia Qiang,Lai Jian-sheng,Zheng Dong-sheng,Zhao Zhen-hua,Xin Yu-hong
Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University
OBJECTIVE:To investigate the correlation of the expression of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 to the pathological grade of human prostate cancer. METHODS:Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 in 25 cases of prostate cancer tissues. RESULTS:The total positivity rates of VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 were 80% and 76% in these cancer tissues, respectively. The positivity rates of VEGF-C was 94.7% in the 19 cases with Gleason scores no less than 6 (group I), significantly higher than the rate (33%) in the 6 cases with Gleason scores between 4 and 6 (group II) (P<0.01). The positivity rates for VEGFR-3 also showed a significant difference between groups I and II (89.5% vs 33.3%, P<0.05). The expression level of VEGF-C was correlated to the Gleason score of prostate cancer (R=0.436, P<0.05), and the correlation between VEGFR-3 and the Gleason score was even more obvious (R=0.608, P<0.01). Their expressions, however, did not show any correlations to the patients age, PSA or the volume of the prostate. CONCLUSION:VEGF-C and VEGFR-3 may serve as new markers for evaluating the malignancy of prostate cancer with Gleason score not less than 4.
Lysophosphatidic acid enhances vascular endothelial growth factor-C expression in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells.
Lin Chuan-En,Chen Shee-Uan,Lin Chu-Cheng,Chang Chi-Hao,Lin Yueh-Chien,Tai Yu-Ling,Shen Tang-Long,Lee Hsinyu
Clinical evidence suggests that lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis are important processes during the progression of prostate cancer. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C was shown to be a key regulator in these processes. Our previous studies demonstrated that lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a low-molecular-weight lipid growth factor, enhances VEGF-C expression in human endothelial cells. We previously demonstrated that the LPA receptor plays an important role in lymphatic development in zebrafish embryos. However, the effects of LPA on VEGF-C expression in prostate cancer are not known. Herein, we demonstrate that LPA up-regulated VEGF-C expression in three different human prostate cancer cell lines. In PC-3 human prostate cancer cells, the enhancing effects of LPA were mediated through both LPA1 and LPA3. In addition, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and lens epithelium-derived growth factor (LEDGF) expression were involved in LPA(1/3)-dependent VEGF-C expression. Furthermore, autotaxin (ATX), an enzyme responsible for LPA synthesis, also participates in regulating VEGF-C expression. By interrupting LPA(1/3) of PC-3, conditioned medium (CM) -induced human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) lymphatic markers expression was also blocked. In summary, we found that LPA enhances VEGF-C expression through activating LPA(1/3)-, ROS-, and LEDGF-dependent pathways. These novel findings could potentially shed light on developing new strategies for preventing lymphatic metastasis of prostate cancer.
Differential expression of VEGF ligands and receptors in prostate cancer.
Woollard David J,Opeskin Kenneth,Coso Sanja,Wu Di,Baldwin Megan E,Williams Elizabeth D
BACKGROUND:Prostate cancer disseminates to regional lymph nodes, however the molecular mechanisms responsible for lymph node metastasis are poorly understood. The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) ligand and receptor family have been implicated in the growth and spread of prostate cancer via activation of the blood vasculature and lymphatic systems. The purpose of this study was to comprehensively examine the expression pattern of VEGF ligands and receptors in the glandular epithelium, stroma, lymphatic vasculature and blood vessels in prostate cancer. METHODS:The localization of VEGF-A, VEGF-C, VEGF-D, VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-1, VEGFR-2, and VEGFR-3 was examined in cancerous and adjacent benign prostate tissue from 52 subjects representing various grades of prostate cancer. RESULTS:Except for VEGFR-2, extensive staining was observed for all ligands and receptors in the prostate specimens. In epithelial cells, VEGF-A and VEGFR-1 expression was higher in tumor tissue compared to benign tissue. VEGF-D and VEGFR-3 expression was significantly higher in benign tissue compared to tumor in the stroma and the endothelium of lymphatic and blood vessels. In addition, the frequency of lymphatic vessels, but not blood vessels, was lower in tumor tissue compared with benign tissue. CONCLUSIONS:These results suggest that activation of VEGFR-1 by VEGF-A within the carcinoma, and activation of lymphatic endothelial cell VEGFR-3 by VEGF-D within the adjacent benign stroma may be important signaling mechanisms involved in the progression and subsequent metastatic spread of prostate cancer. Thus inhibition of these pathways may contribute to therapeutic strategies for the management of prostate cancer.
Lysophosphatidic acid induces reactive oxygen species generation by activating protein kinase C in PC-3 human prostate cancer cells.
Lin Chu-Cheng,Lin Chuan-En,Lin Yueh-Chien,Ju Tsai-Kai,Huang Yuan-Li,Lee Ming-Shyue,Chen Jiun-Hong,Lee Hsinyu
Biochemical and biophysical research communications
Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in males, and PC-3 is a cell model popularly used for investigating the behavior of late stage prostate cancer. Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a lysophospholipid that mediates multiple behaviors in cancer cells, such as proliferation, migration and adhesion. We have previously demonstrated that LPA enhances vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C expression in PC-3 cells by activating the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is known to be an important mediator in cancer progression. Using flow cytometry, we showed that LPA triggers ROS generation within 10min and that the generated ROS can be suppressed by pretreatment with the NADPH oxidase (Nox) inhibitor diphenylene iodonium. In addition, transfection with LPA1 and LPA3 siRNA efficiently blocked LPA-induced ROS production, suggesting that both receptors are involved in this pathway. Using specific inhibitors and siRNA, phospholipase C (PLC) and protein kinase C (PKC) were also suggested to participate in LPA-induced ROS generation. Overall, we demonstrated that LPA induces ROS generation in PC-3 prostate cancer cells and this is mediated through the PLC/PKC/Nox pathway.
Associations of nm23H1, VEGF-C, and VEGF-3 receptor in human prostate cancer.
Yang Zui-Su,Xu Yin-Feng,Huang Fang-Fang,Ding Guo-Fang
Molecules (Basel, Switzerland)
We studied the expression of the non-metastatic clone 23 type 1 (nm23H1) gene, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C, and its receptor VEGFR-3 using an in situ hybridization technique and immunohistochemical analyses with prostate cancer tissues and adjacent benign tissues of 52 human archival cases. The association between VEGF-C expression, microlymphatic count (MLC), and staining intensity for nm23H1 and VEGFR-3 was used to evaluate tumor metastasis and survival rate. MLC values were significantly higher in tumorous tissue than in non-cancerous tissue. VEGF-C mRNA, VEGFR-3, and nm23H1 were highly expressed in tumorous tissue. VEGFR-3 expression was greater in VEGF-C mRNA-positive tumors than in VEGF-C mRNA-negative tumors. The association of VEGFR-3 expression with VEGF-C mRNA and MLC suggested that the poor prognosis and tumor metastasis associated with VEGFR-3 expression may be due, in part, to its role in promoting angiogenesis. VEGF-C expression was significantly associated with tumor lymphangiogenesis, angiogenesis, and immune response as a potent multifunctional stimulating factor in prostate cancer. Expression of nm23H1 was significantly inversely correlated with lymph node metastasis. Furthermore, there was a strong negative correlation between the expression of nm23H1, VEGF-C mRNA, and MLC. These findings provide important information for prophylactic, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies for prostate cancer.
Immunohistochemical expression of PDGFR, VEGF-C, and proteins of the mToR pathway before and after androgen deprivation therapy in prostate carcinoma: significant decrease after treatment.
Kozakowski Nicolas,Hartmann Caroline,Klingler Hans Christoph,Susani Martin,Mazal Peter R,Scharrer Anke,Haitel Andrea
Targeted therapy in hormone refractory prostate cancer (HRPC) is currently under evaluation in many trials. The effect of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) on many targets in prostate cancer is incompletely known. For the first time, immunohistochemical expression of the platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C), mammalian target of rapamycin (mToR), p70 ribosomal protein S6 kinase 1 (PS6K), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (c-erbB-2), and carbonic anhydrase IX (CA9) was evaluated in 44 patients with prostate carcinoma treated with or without ADT, at biopsy time and after radical prostatectomy. PDGFR, VEGF-C, mToR, and PS6K expression was significantly reduced (p = 0.002, p = 0.035, p = 0.025, and p = 0.033, respectively) after ADT, whereas expression of EGFR, c-erbB-2, and CA9 was not influenced by ADT. In conclusion, targeting PDGFR, VEGF-C, mToR, or PS6K after ADT should be considered with precaution, as those targets can severely be altered or functionally deregulated by ADT.
Stromal expression of VEGF-A and VEGFR-2 in prostate tissue is associated with biochemical and clinical recurrence after radical prostatectomy.
Nordby Yngve,Andersen Sigve,Richardsen Elin,Ness Nora,Al-Saad Samer,Melbø-Jørgensen Christian,Patel Hiten R H,Dønnem Tom,Busund Lill-Tove,Bremnes Roy M
BACKGROUND:There is probably significant overtreatment of patients with prostate cancer due to a lack of sufficient diagnostic tools to predict aggressive disease. Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) and their receptors (VEGFRs) are potent mediators of angiogenesis and tumor proliferation, but have been examined to a limited extent in large prostate cancer studies. Meanwhile, recent promising results on VEGFR-2 inhibition have highlighted their importance, leading to the need for further investigations regarding their expression and prognostic impact. DESIGN:Using tissue microarray and immunohistochemistry, the expression of VEGFs (VEGF-A and VEGF-C) and their receptors (VEGFR-2 and VEGFR-3) were measured in neoplastic tissue and corresponding stroma from radical prostatectomy specimens in 535 Norwegian patients. Their expression was evaluated semiquantatively and associations with event-free survival were calculated. RESULTS:High expression of VEGFR-2 in either stroma or epithelium was independently associated with a higher incidence of prostate cancer relapse (HR = 4.56, P = 0.038). A high combined expression of either VEGF-A, VEGFR-2 or both in stroma was independently associated with a higher incidence of biochemical failure (HR = 1.77, P = 0.011). CONCLUSIONS:This large study highlights the prognostic importance of VEGF-A and VEGFR-2 stromal expression. Analyses of these biomarkers may help distinguish which patients will benefit from radical treatment. Together with previous studies showing efficiency of targeting VEGFR-2 in prostate cancer, this study highlights its potential as a target for therapy, and may aid in future selection of prostate cancer patients for novel anti-angiogenic treatment.
Human antigen R is positively associated with malignant aggressiveness via upregulation of cell proliferation, migration, and vascular endothelial growth factors and cyclooxygenase-2 in prostate cancer.
Mitsunari Kensuke,Miyata Yasuyoshi,Asai Akihiro,Matsuo Tomohiro,Shida Yohei,Hakariya Tomoaki,Sakai Hideki
Translational research : the journal of laboratory and clinical medicine
Limited information is available on the pathologic significance of human antigen R (HuR) in prostate cancer (PCa). The main aim of this study was to clarify the relationship between HuR expression and malignant aggressiveness, outcome, and expression of cancer-related molecules in PCa. In vitro proliferation, colony formation, and migration assays were performed on LNCaP and PC-3 cells. HuR expression was knocked down (KD) using small interfering RNA. The relationships between HuR expression and the expression of vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs), cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, and heme oxygenase (HO)-1 were investigated in PCa cell lines using Western blotting. On KD of HuR, cell proliferation and migration were suppressed in both LNCaP and PC-3 cells, whereas expression of VEGF-A to -D and COX-2 was suppressed in PC-3 but not in LNCaP cells. In addition, expression of these cancer-related factors was analyzed in 182 hormone-naïve PCa and 23 castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) human tissues in vivo. Cytoplasmic (C)-HuR expression was significantly higher in CRPC > hormone-naïve PCa > nontumoral cells. C-HuR expression was positively associated with Gleason score, T stage, and metastasis, and it was considered to be a useful predictor of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy. C-HuR expression was correlated with COX-2 expression in hormone-naïve PCa, and with the expression of VEGF-A, VEGF-C, and COX-2 in CRPC tissues. Our results demonstrated that HuR plays important roles in determining malignant aggressiveness and outcome in PCa, especially in androgen-independent PCa cells, via the regulation of cell proliferation, migration, and expression of VEGF-A, -C, and COX-2.
Changes in Lymphangiogenesis and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Expression by Neo-Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy in Prostate Cancer Patients.
Asai Akihiro,Miyata Yasuyoshi,Matsuo Tomohiro,Shida Yohei,Hakariya Tomoaki,Ohba Kojiro,Sakai Hideki
BACKGROUND:The anti-cancer mechanism of neo-adjuvant hormonal therapy (NHT) is not well understood. Lymphangiogenesis plays an important role in cancer progression and is regulated by a complex mechanism that includes vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling. However, there is little information regarding relationship between lymphangiogenesis and androgen deprivation. The aim of this study was to clarify changes in lymphangiogenesis and VEGF expression induced by androgen deprivation in prostate cancer in vivo and in vitro. METHODS:Patients who had undergone a radical prostatectomy were enrolled in the study (NHT, n = 60 and non-NHT, n = 64). Lymph vessels were identified by D2-40 immunoreactivity and lymph vessel density and lymph vessel area (LVD and LVA, respectively) were measured from micrographs. The expression of VEGF-A, -B, -C, and -D was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. The prognostic value of LVD and LVA for biochemical recurrence was also investigated. RESULTS:Mean LVD ± SD was higher in the NHT than in the non-NHT group (11.3 ± 3.0 vs. 7.1 ± 3.4 per high power field; P < 0.001). LVA was larger in the NHT than in the non-NHT group (512.8 ± 174.9 vs. 202.7 ± 72.8 µm ; P < 0.001). VEGF-A expression was lower whereas VEGF-C and -D levels were higher in the NHT than in the non-NHT group. VEGF-B expression in specimens with NHT was lower than that in biopsy specimens at diagnosis. These results were confirmed by in vitro studies used androgen-sensitive prostate cancer cell line. LVA was found to be an independent predictor of biochemical recurrence in patients who received NHT. CONCLUSIONS:Our results demonstrate that NHT stimulates lymphangiogenesis via upregulation of VEGF-C and -D, which may increase LVA and affect the outcome of prostate cancer patients. This findings were supported by in vitro data of prostate cancer cell. Prostate 77:255-262, 2017. © 2016 The Authors. The Prostate Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
High Glucose Induces VEGF-C Expression via the LPA1/3-Akt-ROS-LEDGF Signaling Axis in Human Prostate Cancer PC-3 Cells.
Huang Yuan-Li,Lin Yueh-Chien,Lin Chu-Cheng,Chen Wei-Min,Chen Benjamin P C,Lee Hsinyu
Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology
BACKGROUND/AIMS:Hyperglycemia has been shown to increase the incidence and metastasis in various types of cancers. However, the correlation between hyperglycemia and lymphatic metastasis in prostate cancer (PCa) remains unclear. Our previous study demonstrated that lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) enhances vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) expression, a lymphangiogenic factor, through activating it receptors LPA1/3 in prostate cancer (PCa) cells. Moreover, hyperglycemia up-regulates autotaxin (ATX) expression, a LPA-generating enzyme. Therefore, we propose that high glucose promotes VEGF-C expression through LPA signaling in PCa cells. METHODS:Pharmacological inhibitors and siRNAs were utilized to investigate the molecular mechanism of high glucose-induced VEGF-C expression. Real-time PCR and Western blot were used to determine the mRNA and protein expressions, respectively. Cellular bioenergetics analysis was performed to determine the glycolysis levels. RESULTS:We demonstrated that the expressions of VEGF-C, ATX, and calreticulin were increased upon high glucose treatments in PC-3 cells. Moreover, high glucose-induced VEGF-C expression was mediated through the LPA1/3, PLC, Akt, ROS and LEDGF-dependent pathways. Additionally, high glucose enhanced the aerobic glycolysis via LPA1/3. CONCLUSION:These results indicated that hyperglycemia leads to LPA synthesis, and subsequent promoting pathological consequence of PCa. These novel findings could potentially provide new strategies for PCa treatments.
LPA signaling mediates tumor lymphangiogenesis through promoting CRT expression in prostate cancer.
Lin Yueh-Chien,Chen Chien-Chin,Chen Wei-Min,Lu Kuan-Ying,Shen Tang-Long,Jou Yeong-Chin,Shen Cheng-Huang,Ohbayashi Norihiko,Kanaho Yasunori,Huang Yuan-Li,Lee Hsinyu
Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular and cell biology of lipids
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) is a bioactive lipid growth factor which is present in high levels in serum and platelets. LPA binds to its specific G-protein-coupled receptors, including LPA to LPA, thereby regulating various physiological functions, including cancer growth, angiogenesis, and lymphangiogenesis. Our previous study showed that LPA promotes the expression of the lymphangiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C in prostate cancer (PCa) cells. Interestingly, LPA has been shown to regulate the expression of calreticulin (CRT), a multifunctional chaperone protein, but the roles of CRT in PCa progression remain unclear. Here we investigated the involvement of CRT in LPA-mediated VEGF-C expression and lymphangiogenesis in PCa. Knockdown of CRT significantly reduced LPA-induced VEGF-C expression in PC-3 cells. Moreover, LPA promoted CRT expression through LPA receptors LPA and LPA, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and phosphorylation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α (eIF2α). Tumor-xenografted mouse experiments further showed that CRT knockdown suppressed tumor growth and lymphangiogenesis. Notably, clinical evidence indicated that the LPA-producing enzyme autotaxin (ATX) is related to CRT and that CRT level is highly associated with lymphatic vessel density and VEGF-C expression. Interestingly, the pharmacological antagonist of LPA receptors significantly reduced the lymphatic vessel density in tumor and lymph node metastasis in tumor-bearing nude mice. Together, our results demonstrated that CRT is critical in PCa progression through the mediation of LPA-induced VEGF-C expression, implying that targeting the LPA signaling axis is a potential therapeutic strategy for PCa.
Mechanisms of Lysophosphatidic Acid-Mediated Lymphangiogenesis in Prostate Cancer.
Wu Pei-Yi,Lin Yueh-Chien,Huang Yuan-Li,Chen Wei-Min,Chen Chien-Chin,Lee Hsinyu
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common noncutaneous cancer in men worldwide. One of its major treatments is androgen deprivation therapy, but PCa frequently relapses as aggressive castration resistant local tumors and distal metastases. Hence, the development of novel agents or treatment modalities for advanced PCa is crucial. Many tumors, including PCa, first metastasize to regional lymph nodes via lymphatic vessels. Recent findings demonstrate that the bioactive lipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) promotes PCa progression by regulating vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C), a critical mediator of tumor lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic metastasis. Many of the underlying molecular mechanisms of the LPA⁻VEGF-C axis have been described, revealing potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets that may aid in the diagnosis and treatment of advanced PCa. Herein, we review the literature that illustrates a functional role for LPA signaling in PCa progression. These discoveries may be especially applicable to anti-lymphangiogenic strategies for the prevention and therapy of metastatic PCa.