Force-mediated proinvasive matrix remodeling driven by tumor-associated mesenchymal stem-like cells in glioblastoma

Eun Jung Lim, Yongjoon Suh, Seungmo Kim, Seok Gu Kang, Su Jae Lee

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In carcinoma, cancer-associated fibroblasts participate in force-mediated extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling, consequently leading to invasion of cancer cells. Likewise, the ECM remodeling actively occurs in glioblastoma (GBM) and the consequent microenvironmental stiffness is strongly linked to migration behavior of GBM cells. However, in GBM the stromal cells responsible for force-mediated ECM remodeling remain unidentified. We show that tumor-associated mesenchymal stem-like cells (tMSLCs) provide a proinvasive matrix condition in GBM by force-mediated ECM remodeling. Importantly, CCL2-mediated Janus kinase 1 (JAK1) activation increased phosphorylation of myosin light chain 2 in tMSLCs and led to collagen assembly and actomyosin contractility. Collectively, our findings implicate tMSLCs as stromal cells providing force-mediated proinvasive ECM remodeling in the GBM microenvironment, and reminiscent of fibroblasts in carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalBMB reports
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Akio Soeda (Department of Neurological Surgery, Gifu University, Japan) for providing patient-derived X01 GBM cells. This work was supported by the research fund of Hanyang University (HY-2017) and by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korean Government (NRF-2016R1E1A1A01942075).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 by the The Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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