Collagen Induces a More Proliferative, Migratory and Chemoresistant Phenotype in Head and Neck Cancer via DDR1

Lai, Sook Ling and Tan, May Leng and Hollows, Robert J. and Robinson, Max and Ibrahim, Maha and Margielewska, Sandra and Parkinson, E. Kenneth and Ramanathan, Anand and Zain, R.B. and Mehanna, Hisham and Spruce, Rachel J. and Wei, Wenbin and Chung, Ivy and Murray, Paul G. and Yap, Lee Fah and Paterson, Ian Charles (2019) Collagen Induces a More Proliferative, Migratory and Chemoresistant Phenotype in Head and Neck Cancer via DDR1. Cancers, 11 (11). p. 1766. ISSN 2072-6694

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Abstract

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide and includes squamous cell carcinomas of the oropharynx and oral cavity. Patient prognosis has remained poor for decades and molecular targeted therapies are not in routine use. Here we showed that the overall expression of collagen subunit genes was higher in cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) than normal fibroblasts. Focusing on collagen8A1 and collagen11A1, we showed that collagen is produced by both CAFs and tumour cells, indicating that HNSCCs are collagen-rich environments. We then focused on discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1), a collagen-activated receptor tyrosine kinase, and showed that it is over-expressed in HNSCC tissues. Further, we demonstrated that collagen promoted the proliferation and migration of HNSCC cells and attenuated the apoptotic response to cisplatin. Knockdown of DDR1 in HNSCC cells demonstrated that these tumour-promoting effects of collagen are mediated by DDR1. Our data suggest that specific inhibitors of DDR1 might provide novel therapeutic opportunities to treat HNSCC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: head and neck cancer; collagen; DDR1
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RK Dentistry > Practice of dentistry. Dental economics
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Oral Biology
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 03:18
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2020 03:18
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/23886

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