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Tumour Progression Stage-Dependent Secretion of YB-1 Stimulates Melanoma Cell Migration and Invasion

Department of Dermatology, University of Tübingen, 72076 Tübingen, Germany
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Würzburg, 97080 Würzburg, Germany
Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Otto-von-Guericke University, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital Essen, 45147 Essen, Germany
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Cancers 2020, 12(8), 2328;
Received: 21 July 2020 / Revised: 10 August 2020 / Accepted: 16 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Close links between Cold Shock Proteins and Cancer)
Secreted factors play an important role in intercellular communication. Therefore, they are not only indispensable for the regulation of various physiological processes but can also decisively advance the development and progression of tumours. In the context of inflammatory disease, Y-box binding protein 1 (YB-1) is actively secreted and the extracellular protein promotes cell proliferation and migration. In malignant melanoma, intracellular YB-1 expression increases during melanoma progression and represents an unfavourable prognostic marker. Here, we show active secretion of YB-1 from melanoma cells as opposed to benign cells of the skin. Intriguingly, YB-1 secretion correlates with the stage of melanoma progression and depends on a calcium- and ATP-dependent non-classical secretory pathway leading to the occurrence of YB-1 in the extracellular space as a free protein. Along with an elevated YB-1 secretion of melanoma cells in the metastatic growth phase, extracellular YB-1 exerts a stimulating effect on melanoma cell migration, invasion, and tumourigenicity. Collectively, these data suggest that secreted YB-1 plays a functional role in melanoma cell biology, stimulating metastasis, and may serve as a novel biomarker in malignant melanoma that reflects tumour aggressiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: melanoma; secretion; Y-box binding protein 1; migration and invasiveness melanoma; secretion; Y-box binding protein 1; migration and invasiveness
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Kosnopfel, C.; Sinnberg, T.; Sauer, B.; Niessner, H.; Muenchow, A.; Fehrenbacher, B.; Schaller, M.; Mertens, P.R.; Garbe, C.; Thakur, B.K.; Schittek, B. Tumour Progression Stage-Dependent Secretion of YB-1 Stimulates Melanoma Cell Migration and Invasion. Cancers 2020, 12, 2328.

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