EMT markers in lung adenocarcinoma pleural effusion spheroid cells

Enrico Giarnieri, Claudia De Vitis, Alessia Noto, Giuseppe Roscilli, Gerardo Salerno, Salvatore Mariotta, Alberto Ricci, Pierdonato Bruno, Giuseppe Russo, Andrea Laurenzi, Maria Rosaria Giovagnoli, Gennaro Ciliberto, Rita Mancini

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Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which cells undergo a developmental switch from epithelial to mesenchymal phenotype. This process has been related to embryologic morphogenesis but also to cancer progression and metastasis. The aim of the current study was to investigate the expression of EMT-related markers in adherent and spheroid cell cultures derived from malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) of patients affected by lung adenocarcinoma. On the basis of efficient in vitro propagation, six cases of MPEs were selected and analyzed by immunocytochemistry staining for EMT markers and by RT-PCR for transcription factors known to orchestrate EMT. EMT markers immunostaining showed in spheroids a statistically significant correlation between the loss of E-cadherin immunoreactivity and overexpression of N-cadherin (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1726
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology


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