Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) is a widely secreted protein that regulates cell motility, proliferation, and apoptosis. Although it is recognized that TIMP-1-tetraspanin CD63 regulates epithelial cell apoptosis and proliferation, how TIMP-1 controls cell motility is not well understood. In this study, we identify tetraspanin CD82 (also called KAI1) as a component of the promiscuous TIMP-1 interacting protein complex on cell surface of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells. CD82 directly binds to TIMP-1 N-terminal region through its large extracellular loop and co-localizes with TIMP-1 in both cancer cell lines and clinical samples. Moreover, CD82 facilitates membrane-bound TIMP-1 endocytosis, which significantly contributes to the anti-migration effect of TIMP-1. CD82 silencing partially eliminates these functions. TIMP-1 and CD82 expression status in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) might demonstrate future usefulness as a differentiation marker and give us new insight into tumorigenic metastatic potential.
Keywords: CD82; PDAC; TIMP-1; cell motility; interaction.