Medical Oncology

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 2626–2632 | Cite as

S100B protein as a possible participant in the brain metastasis of NSCLC

  • Xiaowen Pang
  • Jie Min
  • Lili Liu
  • Yi Liu
  • Ningqiang Ma
  • Helong Zhang
Original Paper


Brain metastasis is a frequent occurrence in lung cancer, especially non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the prognosis for NSCLC with brain metastasis is very poor. Our previous study found high S100B expression in the brain-specific metastatic NSCLC line PC14/B, suggested S100B is closely correlated with brain metastasis in NSCLC. However, the details have not yet been revealed. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between S100B and brain metastasis in NSCLC and to study the effects of S100B on non-brain metastatic NSCLC line PC14. We investigated serum S100B levels in 30 newly diagnosed NSCLC patients (15 with brain metastasis and 15 without brain metastasis) using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results showed that serum S100B levels were significant higher in NSCLC patients with brain metastasis compared to those without brain metastasis (P < 0.01). We constructed the full-length S100B expression vector and transfected into PC14 cells. MTT and flow cytometric analysis showed that S100B transfection promoted cell proliferation and inhibited cell apoptosis (P < 0.05). Transwell migration and invasion assays indicated that S100B transfection promoted cell invasion and cell migration compared to control cells transfected with empty vector alone (P < 0.01). These results suggested that S100B could be involved in the development of brain metastasis in NSCLC.


S100B Non-small cell lung cancer Brain metastasis Proliferation Migration Invasion 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 30973488). We thank professor Sone and Yano (Third Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tokushima School of Medicine, Japan) for his generous gift of cell line.

Conflict of interest

The authors have declared that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaowen Pang
    • 1
  • Jie Min
    • 1
  • Lili Liu
    • 1
  • Yi Liu
    • 1
  • Ningqiang Ma
    • 1
  • Helong Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oncology, Tangdu HospitalFourth Military Medical UniversityXi’anChina

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