Hemodynamic shear stress stimulates migration and extravasation of tumor cells by elevating cellular oxidative level
Chiew, Geraldine Giap Ying
Luo, Kathy Qian
Date of Issue2017
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Cancer cells are shed into the blood stream and are exposed to hemodynamic shear stress during metastasis. It has been shown that shear stress can destroy circulating tumor cells (CTCs) both in vitro and in vivo. However, it remains unclear whether shear stress can modulate the properties and functions of tumor cells in a manner that might help CTCs to exit circulation. In this study, we established a microfluidic circulatory system to apply physiological fluid shear stress on breast cancer cells and demonstrated that an arterial level of shear stress significantly enhanced tumor cell migration in transwell and wound healing assays, and enhanced extravasation in a transendothelial assay. Circulatory treatment elevated the intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is an early and indispensable event for activating the extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2). Subsequently, ERK1/2 activation promoted the migration of tumor cells and enhanced their extravasation. Finally, reducing cellular ROS production suppressed tumor cell extravasation in both a transendothelial assay and a zebrafish model. This new understanding of how fluid shear stress promotes tumor cell migration has important implications in cancer treatment and can help us to identify potential therapeutic targets for inhibiting tumor progression.
Circulating tumor cells
© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Cancer Letters, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.canlet.2016.12.001].