Modulation of integrin expression on mesotheliomas: the role of different histotypes in invasiveness.

A. Giuffrida, G. Vianale, M. Di Muzio, H. I. Pass, A. Coletti, P. Birarelli, A. Procopio, A. Modesti

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The in vitro and in vivo integrin expression in human pleural malignant mesothelioma (MM) of three different histotypes was studied. Cell lines from MM of epithelioid (E1), fibrous (F1), byphasic histotype (B1) and normal mesothelial cells (NM) were analysed for the surface expression of alpha2, alpha3, alpha4, alpha5, alpha6, alphav, beta1, beta3, beta4 subunits and alphavbeta5 integrins. We found that alpha6, beta4 subunits and alphavbeta5, weakly detectable on NM cells, were expressed on MM cells. The beta3 subunit, well expressed on NM cells, was absent on MM cells. Differential expression among histotypes was observed, the MM-E1 was the least and the MM-B1 the most positive. Specimens for each MM histotype, were analysed by immunohistochemistry. The alpha6 and alphav subunits were more evident on the epithelioid histotype. Intense staining for beta3 and beta4 subunits, was found in all MM, particularly in invading cells, while the alpha5, and alphavbeta5 integrins were variously expressed. The different histotypes can affect the in vitro integrin expression and may indicate a preferential involvement of some subunits in vivo during MM tumor progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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