Midkine and LDL-receptor-related protein 1 contribute to the anchorage-independent cell growth of cancer cells

Sen Chen, Guojun Bu, Yoshifumi Takei, Kazuma Sakamoto, Shinya Ikematsu, Takashi Muramatsu, Kenji Kadomatsu

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The growth factor midkine (MK) is highly associated with cancer progression. Knockdown of MK expression strikingly suppresses tumor growth in nude mice. Thus, MK is a candidate target for cancer treatment. LDL-receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) is a receptor for MK. We found that among the four ligand-binding domains of LRP1, the N-terminal half of the second domain (designated as MK-TRAP) had the strongest affinity to MK. MK-TRAP bound to MK, but not to HB-GAM/ pleiotrophin, basic fibroblast growth factor or platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB. Exogenous MK-TRAP inhibited the binding between MK and LRP1. G401 cells that transiently or stably overexpress MK-TRAP showed decreased cell growth in monolayer culture and reduced colony formation in soft agar, which could be rescued by exogenous MK administration. MK-TRAP collected from conditioned medium also inhibited anchorage-independent growth of G401 cells and CMT-93 cells. Anti-MK antibody also inhibited the anchorage-independent growth. CMT-93 cells stably expressing MK-TRAP formed smaller tumors in a xenograft nude mouse model than control cells. Moreover, GST-RAP, a potent inhibitor of LRP1, inhibited the anchorage-independent growth of control G401 cells but not that of MK-TRAP stable transformants. Collectively, these data demonstrate a crucial role of MK-LRP1 signaling in anchorage-independent cell growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4009-4015
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cell science
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2007


  • Dominant negative
  • LRP1
  • Midkine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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