Promatrilysin expression is induced by fibroblast growth factors in the prostatic carcinoma cell line LNCaP but not in normal primary prostate epithelial cells

Russell D. Klein, M. Suzanne Maliner-Jongewaard, T. S. Udayakumar, Jeff L. Boyd, Raymond B. Nagle, G. Tim Bowden

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BACKGROUND. It has been determined that prostate cancer cells overexpress the matrix metalloprotease matrilysin (MMP-7), but the factors regulating this expression have not been identified. Fibroblast growth factors (FGF); which are expressed in the prostate, might participate in paracrine regulation of matrilysin expression by prostate cancer cells. METHODS. We tested the ability of recombinant FGF proteins and prostate fibroblast-conditioned media (PFCM) to induce promatrilysin expression in the prostate carcinoma cell line, LNCaP, and in normal prostate epithelial (PrEC) cells. We also characterized prostate fibroblast FGF expression by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). An inhibitor of FGF receptor activation (SU5402) was used to determine the role of FGF proteins in the induction of promatrilysin expression by PFCM. RESULTS. Recombinant FGF-1, FGF-2, FGF-9, FGF-10, and PFCM significantly induced promatrilysin expression in LNCaP cells but not in PrEC cells. Prostate fibroblasts express mRNAs for these FGF proteins, and inhibition of LNCaP cell FGF receptors with SU5402 substantially reduced the induction of promatrilysin expression by PFCM. CONCLUSIONS. Stromally expressed FGF proteins induce promatrilysin expression in a prostate carcinoma cell, and may provide a mechanism for the overexpression of promatrilysin observed in prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 10 1999



  • FGF
  • Invasion
  • Metalloprotease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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