• Thomas C. Sroka
  • Anne E. Cress
  • Kit S. Lam
Part of the Cancer Metastasis – Biology and Treatment book series (CMBT, volume 9)


The cell surface of epithelial cancers is known to change dramatically during tumor progression. The alteration of the cancer cell surface is distinct from the normal cell surface from which the cancer is derived and provides an attractive potential target for diagnostic, prognostic or therapeutic intervention. In recent years, it has been appreciated that while a vast majority of tumor cell surfaces become devoid of cell surface markers, a cohort of cell adhesion receptors are persistently expressed on tumor cells throughout the different stages of metastasis. In this chapter, we will focus on the use of combinatorial peptide chemistry techniques with biological approaches to isolate tumor cell adhesion d-amino acid peptides. These peptides when immobilized are capable of supporting tumor cell adhesion but block cell spreading and the downstream activation of focal adhesion kinase or mitogen activated kinase kinase. These results suggest that D-amino acid peptides can be discovered using a cell adhesion assay as a successful screen for bioactive peptides. Further, the immobilized peptides will uncouple cellular adhesion from the downstream signaling events. This strategy can select for cell adhesion peptides capable of both capturing cancer cells and blocking downstream signaling events.


Focal Adhesion Kinase Phage Display Cell Spreading PC3N Cell Tumor Cell Adhesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas C. Sroka
    • 1
  • Anne E. Cress
    • 1
  • Kit S. Lam
    • 2
  1. 1.Arizona Cancer CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Davis Cancer Center, Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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