Recent insights into the role of integrins in cancer metastasis

Cell Mol Life Sci. 1998 Jun;54(6):541-8. doi: 10.1007/s000180050182.


Integrins have been repeatedly found involved in cancer metastasis. The past two years have seen considerable evolution in our knowledge on the role of these integrins in tumour cells. This includes the elucidation of different signalling pathways by which integrins dictate the anchorage-independent growth, survival and motility of tumour cells. Moreover, integrins may have a more complex role in cancer metastasis as they cooperate with serine proteases and metalloproteases to promote tumour cell invasion and angiogenesis. Finally, integrins favour tumor cell extravasation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / physiology
  • Cell Division / physiology
  • Cell Movement / physiology
  • Endothelium, Vascular / physiology
  • Integrins / physiology*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / physiopathology*
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / physiopathology


  • Integrins