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Figure S3 from Mesothelin Enhances Tumor Vascularity in Newly Forming Pancreatic Peritoneal Metastases

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posted on 2023-04-03, 17:50 authored by Leela Rani Avula, Michael Rudloff, Salma El-Behaedi, Danielle Arons, Rakan Albalawy, Xiongfong Chen, Xianyu Zhang, Christine Alewine

Successful reconstitution of WT or Y318A MSLN expression in KLM1 KO#2 and over-expression in MIA PaCa-2.



National Cancer Institute



Over 90% of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC) express mesothelin (MSLN). Overexpression or knockdown of MSLN has been implicated in PDAC aggressiveness. This activity has been ascribed to MSLN-induced activation of MAPK or NF-κB signaling pathways and to interaction of MSLN with its only known binding partner, MUC16. Here, we used CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to delete MSLN from PDAC, then restored expression of wild-type (WT) or Y318A mutant MSLN by viral transduction. We found that MSLN KO cells grew in culture and as subcutaneous tumors in mouse xenografts at the same rate as WT cells but formed intraperitoneal metastases poorly. Complementation with WT MSLN restored intraperitoneal growth, whereas complementation with Y318A mutant MSLN, which does not bind MUC16, was ineffective at enhancing growth in both MUC16(+) and MUC16(−) models. Restoration of WT MSLN did enhance growth but did not affect cell-to-cell binding, cell viability in suspension or signaling pathways previously identified as contributing to the protumorigenic effect of MSLN. RNA deep sequencing of tumor cells identified no changes in transcriptional profile that could explain the observed phenotype. Furthermore, no histologic changes in tumor cell proliferation or morphology were observed in mature tumors. Examination of nascent MSLN KO tumors revealed decreased microvascular density as intraperitoneal tumors were forming, followed by decreased proliferation, which resolved by 2 weeks postimplantation. These data support a model whereby MSLN expression by tumor cells contributes to metastatic colonization. MSLN confers a growth advantage to tumor cells during colonization of peritoneal metastasis. Therapeutic blockade of MSLN might limit peritoneal spread.

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