, Volume 5, Supplement 1, pp 45–48 | Cite as

\4 integrin expression onin vitro andin vivo metastatic variants of lewis lung carcinoma

  • L. Cimino
  • D. Perrotti
  • R. Falcioni
  • S. J. Kennel
  • A. Sacchi
Invited Lecture


The expression of β4, α6, and β1 integrin subunits has been investigated on somein vitro andin vivo murine metastatic variants derived from Lewis lung carcinoma (3LL). By the use of monoclonal antibodies which recognizes different epitopes of α6, β1, and β4 subunits we demonstrate that α6 and β1 subunits are expressed in all metastatic variants of 3LL irrespective of their metastatic potential, whereas β4 subunit is expressed only in highly metastasizing cells of 3LL. Northern blots of different metastatic variants probed with β1 and β4 subunits demonstrate thata) significant amounts of β1 mRNA were detected in all metastatic variants of 3LL;b) mRNA corresponding to the described entire coding sequence of β4 subunit is expressed only on highly metastasizing cells of 3LL. We conclude that β4 subunit is specifically expressed in highly metastasizig cells of 3LL while is undetectable in lower metastasizing ones.


Carcinoma Monoclonal Antibody Integrin Northern Blot Code Sequence 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Cimino
    • 1
  • D. Perrotti
    • 1
  • R. Falcioni
    • 1
  • S. J. Kennel
    • 2
  • A. Sacchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Oncogenesis LaboratoryRegina Elena Cancer InstituteRomeItaly
  2. 2.Oak Ridge National LaboratoryBiology DivisionUSA

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