Mar 27, 2020

Impairment of carbonic anhydrase IX ectodomain cleavage reinforces tumorigenic and metastatic phenotype of cancer cells

British Journal of Cancer
Ivana KajanovaSilvia Pastorekova


Carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) is a hypoxia-induced enzyme regulating tumour pH and facilitating cell migration/invasion. It is primarily expressed as a transmembrane cell-surface protein, but its ectodomain can be shed by ADAM17 to extracellular space. This study aims to elucidate the impact of CA IX shedding on cancer cells. We generated a non-shed CA IX mutant by deletion of amino acids 393-402 from the stalk region and studied its phenotypic effects compared to full-length, shedding-competent CA IX using a range of assays based on immunodetection, confocal microscopy, in vitro real-time cell monitoring and in vivo tumour cell inoculation using xenografted NMRI and C57BL/6J female mice. We demonstrated that the impairment of shedding does not alter the ability of CA IX to bind ADAM17, internalise, form oligomers and regulate pH, but induces cancer-promoting changes in extracellular proteome. Moreover, it affects intrinsic properties of cells expressing the non-shed variant, in terms of their increased ability to migrate, generate primary tumours and form metastatic lesions in lungs. Our results show that the ectodomain shedding controls pro-tumorigenic and pro-metastatic roles of the cell-associated CA IX and suggest that thi...Continue Reading

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Microscopy, Confocal
Integral Membrane Proteins
Extracellular Space
Research Activities
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
B6.129S7-Rag1-tm1Mom Mouse
In Vivo
Neoplasm Metastasis

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