Factors regulating basement membrane invasion by tumor cells.

E. W. Thompson, R. Reich, G. R. Martin, A. Albini

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Abstract

Basement membranes serve as significant barriers to the passage of tumor cells but ones which metastatic cells can pass. This involves the production of a cascade of proteases leading to the activation of a specific collagenase that degrades the unique collagen network in basement membrane. Breast cancer cells, when estrogen dependent, show a requirement for estrogen for invasive activity. However, when these cells progress to an estrogen independent state and increased malignancy, they express an invasive phenotype constitutively. Studies with various anti-estrogens suggest that these responses are mediated via the estrogen receptor. Anti-estrogens lacking agonist activity suppress invasiveness as well as growth of the breast cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalCancer Treatment and Research
Volume40
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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Basement Membrane
Estrogens
Neoplasms
Breast Neoplasms
Collagenases
Estrogen Receptors
Peptide Hydrolases
Collagen
Phenotype
Growth

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Factors regulating basement membrane invasion by tumor cells. / Thompson, E. W.; Reich, R.; Martin, G. R.; Albini, A.

In: Cancer Treatment and Research, Vol. 40, 1988, p. 239-249.

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Thompson, EW, Reich, R, Martin, GR & Albini, A 1988, 'Factors regulating basement membrane invasion by tumor cells.', Cancer Treatment and Research, vol. 40, pp. 239-249.
Thompson, E. W. ; Reich, R. ; Martin, G. R. ; Albini, A. / Factors regulating basement membrane invasion by tumor cells. In: Cancer Treatment and Research. 1988 ; Vol. 40. pp. 239-249.
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