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, 13 (11), 2379-86

Expression of the Retinoblastoma (RB) Tumor Suppressor Gene Inhibits Tumor Cell Invasion in Vitro

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Expression of the Retinoblastoma (RB) Tumor Suppressor Gene Inhibits Tumor Cell Invasion in Vitro

J Li et al. Oncogene.


To determine if replacement of the retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor gene could inhibit invasion of RB-defective tumor cells, the capacity of tumor cells to migrate or invade was quantitated by the Boyden chamber assay. The studies were done in a diverse group of stable RB-reconstituted human tumor cell lines, including those derived from the osteosarcoma and carcinomas of the lung, breast and bladder. The expression of the exogenous wild-type RB protein in these tumor cell lines was driven by either a constitutively active promoter or an inducible promoter. It was found that significantly more tumor cells from the parental RB-defective cell lines and the RB revertants than from the RB-reconstituted RB+ cell lines penetrated through the Matrigel (P<0.001, two-tailed t-test), although both RB+ and RB- cells migrated at approximately the same rate on uncoated polycarbonate filters in the Boyden chambers. Of note, the inhibition of invasiveness of various RB-defective tumor cells by RB replacement was apparently well correlated with suppression of their tumorigenicity in vivo. In contrast, although either functional RB or p53 re-expression effectively suppressed tumor formation in nude mice of the RB-/p53null osteosarcoma cell line, Saos-2, replacement of the wild-type p53 gene had much less impact on their invasiveness as compared to the RB gene. These studies provided an insight into the broader biological basis of the RB-mediated tumor suppression in RB-defective tumor cells.

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