Requirement of different signaling pathways mediated by insulin-like growth factor-I receptor for proliferation, invasion, and VPF/VEGF expression in a pancreatic carcinoma cell line

Huiyan Zeng, Kaustubh Datta, Matthias Neid, Jinping Li, Sareh Parangi, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay

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Several oncogenes and growth factors are found to be mutated and overexpressed in adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, and may correlate with its highly aggressive nature. Insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) and its receptor (IGF-IR) are highly expressed in this tumor type. We examined the IGF-IR-mediated signaling pathways in relation to cell proliferation, invasiveness, and expression pattern of vascular permeability factor/vascular endothelial growth factor (VPF/VEGF) in the pancreatic cancer line ASPC-1. Our findings show that IGF-IR is an important growth factor receptor for cell proliferation and invasion, and VPF/VEGF expression in ASPC-1. Further experiments indicate that IGF-IR mediates different signaling pathways to execute its functions. Activation of Ras by IGF-IR was found to be required for the cell invasion. On the other hand Src activation through IGF-IR is required for the cell proliferation, invasion, and also VPF/VEGF expression. Taken together, our data indicate the importance of IGF-IR in growth and invasiveness of the pancreatic cancer cell lines and also point out the multiple signaling pathways channeled through this receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-55
Number of pages10
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 28 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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