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Journal of the Korean Cancer Association 1999;31(3): 617-626.
Midkine Expression in Cell Lines and tumor Tissues of Glioblastoma Multiforme
Jin Woo Chang, Sun Young Rha, Sang Sup Chung, Frank Czubayko, Hyun Cheol Chung
1Department of Neurosurgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
4Department of Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
We measured the expression of midkine (MK) gene and biophenotypes in brain tumor cell lines and tumor tissues.
We used the cell lines purchased from ATCC: two glioblastoma cell lines (T98G, U87MG), rat bladder tumor cell line (NBT-II), NIH/3T3, and two endothelial cell lines [(human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) and fetal bovine heart endothelial cell (FBHE)]. RNA was taken from 4 cancer tissues of glioblastoma multiforme. Tissue cytosol was obtained from 5 cancer patients and 2 tissues of epilepsy patients. Pentosanpolysulfate(PPS) was used as a competitive inhibitor of heparin-binding growth factor (HBGF). MK and pleiotrophin (PTN) mRNA expression was tested by Northem hybridization, uPA and PAI-1 levels were measured by ELISA (Monozyme, Netherlands). Cross-feeding assay was done to measure the activity of endothelial cell growth stimulation induced by cancer cell lines.
T98G cell line expressed both MK and PTN while U87MG expressed only PTN. In cross-feeding assay, endothelial cell growth increased in proportion to the number of administered feeding tumor cells, T98G and U87MG. This phenomenon was found in HUVEC, but not in FBHE. Conditioned media of T98G and U87MG showed similar stimulatory effect on the growth of NIH/3T3 cells. T98G cell showed higher excretion rate of uPA into conditioned media while U87MG showed higher excretion rate of PAI-1 into conditioned media. 20% of growth inhibition was induced on T98G cell with 100 pg/ml PPS, while 40% of growth inhibition was induced with 10 pg/ml PPS on U87MG cell. In four cancer tissues, thee expressed MK. In cancer tissue cytosol, uPA and PAI-1 expressions varied in individuals. No PAI-1 was found in non-tumor tissues.
MK expression was found in brain tumor cell lines and tumor tissues. Modulation of biophenotypes (angiogenic activity and growth) by PPS in tumor cells with MK expression suggested a possible biotherapy in brain tumor targeting growth factor.
Key words: Brain tumor;Midkine;Pentosanpolysulfate;Angiogenic activity
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