Dickkopf 3 Inhibits Invasion and Motility of Saos-2 Osteosarcoma Cells by Modulating the Wnt-β-Catenin Pathway

Bang H. Hoang, Tadahiko Kubo, John H. Healey, Rui Yang, Saminathan S. Nathan, E. Anders Kolb, Beth Anne Mazza, Paul A. Meyers, Richard Gorlick

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Osteosarcoma (OS) is a primary malignancy of bone with a tendency to metastasize early. Despite intensive chemotherapy and surgical resection, ∼30% of patients still develop distant metastasis. Our previous work using clinical OS samples suggested that expression of the Wnt receptor LRP5 might be associated with tumor metastasis. In the present study, we used a Dickkopf (Dkk) family member and a dominant-negative LRP5 receptor construct to modulate Wnt signaling in OS cells. Saos-2 cells, which ectopically express Dkk-3, do not undergo apoptosis and exhibit enhanced resistance to serum starvation and chemotherapy-induced cytotoxicity. Transfection of Dkk-3 and dominant-negative LRP5 into Saos-2 cells significantly reduces invasion capacity and cell motility. This blockade is associated with changes in cell morphology consistent with a less invasive phenotype. In addition, Dkk-3 and dominant-negative LRP5 also induce changes in β-catenin localization consistent with an increase in cell-cell adhesion. Taken together, these results support a possible role for Wnt signaling in the pathobiology and progression of human OS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2734-2739
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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