P-selectin mediates adhesion of leukocytes, platelets, and cancer cells in inflammation, thrombosis, and cancer growth and metastasis

  • Ming Chen
  • Jian-Guo Geng


Stimulated endothelial cells and activated platelets express P-selectin (CD62P), a member of the selectin family of cell adhesion molecules, which interacts with P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1, CD162) for leukocyte rolling on stimulated endothelial cells and heterotypic aggregation of activated platelets onto leukocytes. Cross-linking of PSGL-1 by P-selectin also primes leukocytes intracellularly for cytokine and chemoattractant-induced β2-integrin activation for firm adhesion of leukocytes. Furthermore, P-selectin mediates heterotypic aggregation of activated platelets to cancer cells and adhesion of cancer cells to stimulated endothelial cells. Here we provide a comprehensive summary of the functional roles and the biological importance of P-selectin-mediated cell adhesive interactions in the pathogeneses of inflammation, thrombosis, and the growth and metastasis of cancers.


selectin cell adhesion molecule leukocytes platelets endothelial cells cancer cells inflammation thrombosis cancer growth and metastasis 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological SciencesGraduate School of Chinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Vascular Biology Center and Division of Hematology, Oncology and TransplantationUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

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