Involvement of autocrine CXCL12/CXCR4 system in the regulation of ovarian carcinoma cell invasion

Nami Miyanishi, Yukino Suzuki, Siro Simizu, Yoshiko Kuwabara, Kouji Banno, Kazuo Umezawa

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Ovarian carcinomas are often highly invasive, especially in the peritoneal cavity; however, the mechanism involved in invasion is not yet fully understood. In the present research, we studied the role of NF-κB in the invasiveness of ovarian carcinoma cells by using (-)-DHMEQ, a specific inhibitor of NF-κB. (-)-DHMEQ inhibited invasion in vitro and the expression of CXCL12 and CXCR4. We found that neutralizing antibody against CXCR4 or knockdown of CXCR4 suppressed the invasion. Proteomic analysis revealed that CXCR4-siRNA treatment lowered the secretion of several invasion-related proteins, such as MMP-9 and uPA. These data imply that (-)-DHMEQ suppressed ovarian cell invasion via inhibition of the NF-κB-regulated autocrine system of CXCL12-CXCR4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 3



  • Chemokine
  • Invasion
  • MMP
  • NF-κB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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