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Cancers 2017, 9(11), 153;

Role of LFA-1 and ICAM-1 in Cancer

1,2,* and 1,2,*
Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Celltec UB, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Diagonal 643, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Helen M. Sheldrake
Received: 22 August 2017 / Revised: 23 October 2017 / Accepted: 23 October 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrins in Cancer)
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The lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) (also known as CD11a/CD18 and αLβ2), is just one of many integrins in the human body, but its significance is derived from its exclusive presence in leukocytes. In this review, we summarize the studies relating LFA-1 and its major ligand ICAM-1 (or CD54) with cancer, through the function of lymphocytes and myeloid cells on tumor cells. We consider how LFA-1 mediates the interaction of leukocytes with tumors and the role of ICAM-1 in tumor dynamics, which can be independent of its interaction with LFA-1. We also offer a more detailed examination of the role of LFA-1 within B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Finally, we discuss the role that exosomes harboring LFA-1 play in tumor growth and metastasis. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer metastasis; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; exosomes; tumor microenvironment cancer metastasis; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; exosomes; tumor microenvironment
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