Regulation of MMP-9 (type IV collagenase) production and invasiveness in gliomas by the extracellular signal-regulated kinase and jun amino-terminal kinase signaling cascades.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Our previous studies have shown that MMP-9 levels are significantly elevated during the progression of human gliomas. In the current study, we examined the role of JNK- and ERK-dependent signaling modules in the regulation of MMP-9 production and the invasive behavior of the human glioblastoma cell line SNB19, in which JNK/ERK1 is constitutively activated. SNB19 cells that were transfected with dominant-negative JNK, MEKK, and ERK1 expression vectors showed reduced MMP-9 promoter activity. In addition, conditioned medium collected from SNB19 cells transfected with these expression vectors showed diminished MMP-9 activity in the presence of phorbol myristate acetate, as determined by gelatin zymography. The cotransfection of SNB19 cells with kinase-deficient c-raf also diminished MMP-9 promoter activity. Further, in the presence of a specific inhibitor of MEKK (PD098059), the Matrigel invasion assay showed the invasiveness of dominant-negative SNB19 cells transfected with dominant-negative JNK1 or ERK1 to be remarkably reduced. In conclusion, our studies showed for the first time that MMP-9 production and the invasive behavior of SNB 19 cells are regulated by JNK- and ERK-dependent signaling modules and that interfering with either of the pathways reduces invasiveness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lakka, SS; Jasti, SL; Kyritsis, AP; Yung, WK; Ali-Osman, F; Nicolson, GL; Rao, JS

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 252

PubMed ID

  • 11315098

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0262-0898

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1006724826083


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands