Role of exosomes released by chronic myelogenous leukemia cells in angiogenesis

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The present study is designed to assess if exosomes released from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) cells may modulate angiogenesis. We have isolated and characterized the exosomes generated from LAMA84 CML cells and demonstrated that addition of exosomes tohuman vascular endothelial cells (HUVEC) induces an increase of both ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 cell adhesion molecules and interleukin-8 expression. The stimulation of cell-cell adhesionmolecules was paralleled by a dose-dependent increase of adhesion of CML cells to a HUVECmonolayer. We further showed that the treatment with exosomes from CML cells caused an increase in endothelial cell motility accompanied by a loss of VE-cadherin and β-catenin from theendothelial cell surface. Functional characterization of exosomes isolated from CML patientsconfirmed the data obtained with exosomes derived from CML cell line. CML exosomes caused reorganization into tubes of HUVEC cells cultured on Matrigel. When added to Matrigel plugs in vivo, exosomes induced ingrowth of murine endothelial cells and vascularization of the Matrigelplugs. Our results suggest for the first time that exosomes released from CML cells directly affect endothelial cells modulating the process of neovascularization.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)2033-2043
Numero di pagine11
RivistaInternational Journal of Cancer
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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