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Hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress promotes tumor metastasis by upregulating vWF expression in endothelial cells through the transcription factor GATA1

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Jeong, Han-Seok; Lee, Da-Hye; Kim, Seung-Hoon; Lee, Chang-Han; Shin, Hyun Mu; Kim, Hang-Rae; Cho, Chung-Hyun

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Oncogene, Vol.41 No.11, pp.1634-1646
Diabetes mellitus (DM) characterized by hyperglycemia is a chronic metabolic disorder that leads to many symptoms and vascular complications. Despite the close association between DM and cancer progression, the response and role of endothelial cells (ECs) under diabetic conditions in tumor metastasis remain to be elucidated. In this study, we sought to determine whether and how ECs under diabetic conditions contribute to tumor metastasis. We have taken advantage of syngeneic mouse tumor models of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) and melanoma (B16F10) cells and a streptozotocin (STZ)-induced hyperglycemia model. We demonstrated that hyperglycemia increased the metastasis of LLC and B16F10 cells in an experimental metastasis model with an intravenous injection of the tumor cells. We also found that hyperglycemia promoted lung metastasis of tumor cells by increasing the adhesiveness of ECs to facilitate the adhesion of tumor cells to ECs rather than affecting the metastatic behavior of tumor cells themselves. From the analysis of gene expression in primary lung ECs from STZ-treated mice, we identified that vWF promoted the adhesion of tumor cells to ECs and the transendothelial migration of tumor cells. Mechanistically, hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress in ECs, and increased oxidative stress enhanced vWF expression in ECs through an increase in the transcription factor GATA1. These results provide evidence for the role of vWF in ECs in promoting hyperglycemia-induced tumor metastasis and potential therapeutic targets for the regulation of vWF expression in ECs and hyperglycemia-induced tumor metastasis.
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