Intracranial microenvironment reveals independent opposing functions of host αVβ3 expression on glioma growth and angiogenesis

Masayuki Kanamori, Tomohiro Kawaguchi, Mitchel S. Berger, Russell O. Pieper

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αVβ3 integrins are overexpressed in the host-derived vasculature of glioblastoma multiform (GBM) and are believed to contribute to angiogenesis and tumor growth. To directly address the role of host αVβ3 expression in GBM growth and behavior, we intracranially implanted integrin β3-expressing GBM cells into β3 wild type (WT) or β3 knock out (KO) mice and monitored angiogenesis and growth. GBM in β3 WT animals had a vessel density greater than that in β3 KO animals, consistent with a pro-angiogenic, pro-tumorigenic view of host integrin function. GBM in β3 WT animals, however, were no larger than those in β3 KO animals, because GBM in β3 WT animals were infiltrated with a higher number of tumor necrosis factor α-secreting, apoptosis-inducing macrophages than the tumors in the corresponding β3 KO animals. The tumor-suppressive effects of host β3 expression could be reversed by macrophage depletion or by transplantation of bone marrow from β3 KO animals into β3 WT animals, both of which significantly increased tumor growth independently of tumor vessel density. Taken together, these results show that host αVβ3 integrin expression has opposing actions in the intracranial setting, enhancing tumor vascularization and growth while independently enhancing macrophage-mediated tumor elimination. Appropriate management of these functions could lead to enhanced efficacy of anti-integrin based therapies for glioma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37256-37264
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1


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