STC1 Expression By Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts Drives Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer

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Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor signaling is a major functional determinant of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF). Elevated expression of PDGF receptors on stromal CAFs is associated with metastasis and poor prognosis, but mechanism(s) that underlie these connections are not understood. Here, we report the identification of the secreted glycoprotein stanniocalcin-1 (STC1) as a mediator of metastasis by PDGF receptor function in the setting of colorectal cancer. PDGF-stimulated fibroblasts increased migration and invasion of cocultured colorectal cancer cells in an STC1-dependent manner. Analyses of human colorectal cancers revealed significant associations between stromal PDGF receptor and STC1 expression. In an orthotopic mouse model of colorectal cancer, tumors formed in the presence of STC1-deficient fibroblasts displayed reduced intravasation of tumor cells along with fewer and smaller distant metastases formed. Our results reveal a mechanistic basis for understanding the contribution of PDGF-activated CAFs to cancer metastasis. Cancer Res; 73(4); 1287-97. (C) 2012 AACR.


  • Cristina Pena
  • Maria Virtudes Cespedes
  • Maja Bradic Lindh
  • Sara Kiflemariam
  • Artur Mezheyeuski
  • Per-Henrik Edqvist
  • Christina Hagglof
  • Helgi Birgisson
  • Linda Bojmar
  • Karin Jirström
  • Per Sandstrom
  • Eleonor Olsson
  • Srinivas Veerla
  • Alberto Gallardo
  • Tobias Sjoblom
  • Andy C. -M. Chang
  • Roger R. Reddel
  • Ramon Mangues
  • Martin Augsten
  • Arne Ostman
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  • Cancer and Oncology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1287-1297
JournalCancer Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pathology, (Lund) (013030000), Oncology, MV (013035000)