The study was aimed at determining the vascular expression of oncofetal fibronectin (oncfFn) and tenascin-C (oncfTn-C) isoforms in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and its metastases which are well-known targets for antibody-based pharmacodelivery. Furthermore, the influence of tumour cells on endothelial mRNA expression of these molecules was investigated. Evaluation of vascular ED-A + and ED-B + Fn as well as A1 + and C + Tn-C was performed after immunofluorescence double and triple staining using human recombinant antibodies on clear cell, papillary and chromophobe primary RCC and metastases. The influence of hypoxic RCC-conditioned medium on oncfFn and oncfTn-C mRNA expression was examined in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) by real time RT-PCR. There are RCC subtype specific expression profiles of vascular oncfFn and oncfTn-C and corresponding patterns when comparing primary tumours and metastases. Within one tumour, there are different vessel populations with regard to the incorporation of oncfTn-C and oncfFn into the vessel wall. In vitro tumour-derived soluble mediators induce an up regulation of oncfTn-C and oncfFn mRNA in HUVEC which can be blocked by Avastin ®. Vascular expression of oncFn and oncTn-C variants depends on RCC subtype and may reflect an individual tumour stroma interaction or different stages of vessel development. Therefore, oncFn or oncTn-C variants can be suggested as molecular targets for individualized antibody based therapy strategies in RCC. Tumour-derived VEGF could be shown to regulate target expression.
- Antibody-based pharmacodelivery
- Renal cell carcinoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Molecular Biology