Collagen I provides a survival advantage to MD-1483 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells through phosphoinositol 3-kinase signaling

Erik Cohen, Tara Tendler, Haiyan Lu, Christopher K. Hansen, Julian Kurtsman, Judith Barrios, Robert Wieder

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Abstract

Background: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has a 50% relapse rate. The tumor microenvironment has been linked to resistance of cancer cells to chemotherapy. We hypothesized that the tumor matrix proteins collagen and fibronectin play protective roles in HNSCC. Materials and Methods: We investigated the effects of collagen I, collagen IV and fibronectin on growth, 2-D and 3-D clonogenic potential, resistance to paclitaxel, apoptosis and activation of phosphoinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) in MD-1483 HNSCC cells. Results: Collagen I, collagen IV and fibronectin specifically increased the efficiency of 2-D colony formation through binding integrins α2β1 and α5β1, respectively, and provided resistance to paclitaxel-induced colony elimination and apoptosis. Collagen I, but not fibronectin, increased the efficiency of 3-D colony formation and induced resistance to paclitaxel. Activation of protein kinase-B by collagen I was necessary for the protective effect. Conclusion: These data support the potential contribution of fibronectin and collagen to chemotherapy resistance in HNSCC, with effects of collagen mediated by PI3K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume33
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

Keywords

  • Collagen I
  • Head and neck cancer
  • MD-1483 cells
  • Phosphoinositol-3 kinase
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

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