Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 57–69

Migration of breast epithelial cells on Laminin-5: differential role of integrins in normal and transformed cell types


  • George E. Plopper
    • Department of Cell Biology/SBR12The Scripps Research Institute
  • Susan Z. Domanico
    • Department of Cell Biology/SBR12The Scripps Research Institute
  • Vincenzo Cirulli
    • The Whittier Institute, Department of PediatricsUniversity of California San Diego
  • William B. Kiosses
    • Department of Cell Biology/SBR12The Scripps Research Institute
  • Vito Quaranta
    • Department of Cell Biology/SBR12The Scripps Research Institute

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006086218174

Cite this article as:
Plopper, G.E., Domanico, S.Z., Cirulli, V. et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat (1998) 51: 57. doi:10.1023/A:1006086218174


We examined the role of Laminin-5 (Ln-5) an extracellular matrix component of breast gland basement membrane, in supporting migration of normal (HUMEC), immortalized (MCF-10A), and malignant breast epithelial cells that exhibit different degrees of metastatic potential (MDA-MB-435>MDA-MB-231>MCF-7). HUMEC, MCF-10A, and MCF-7 cells all adhered to purified Ln-5 through the α3β1 integrin receptor in adhesion assays. However, HUMEC and MCF-10A cells remained statically adherent, while MCF-7 cells migrated on Ln-5 in Transwell and colloidal gold displacement assays. Anti-α3 integrin antibodies blocked migration of MCF-7 cells on Ln-5. MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-435 cells bound and migrated on Ln-5 through a β1 integrin receptor that is insensitive to antibodies that block the function of α1, α2, α3, α4, α5, α6, and αV integrin subunits. Migration of all cell types tested was blocked by CM6, a monoclonal antibody directed to a cell adhesion site on the α3 chain of Ln-5. Thus, Ln-5 may play an important role in regulating adhesion and migration in normal and transformed breast epithelium. Our results indicate that the type of integrin utilized by breast cells to interact with Ln-5, as well as its functional state, may determine whether cells will be statically adherent or migratory on Ln-5.

breast neoplasmsextracellular matrixhaptotaxisintegrinslaminins

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