We previously identified genes associated with Snail-mediated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) invasiveness, in which we observed significant elevation of Cyr61 expression. In this study, SCC cell lines overexpressing Cyr61 exhibited constitutive activation of Rho A and upregulated invasiveness without the disruption of homophilic cell attachment. Humoral Cyr61 enhanced further production of endogenous Cyr61 by SCC cells, which stimulated collective cell migration and the development of an invasive tumor nest. We propose a Cyr61-dependent model for the development of invasive SCC nest, whereby a subset of tumor cells that highly produce Cyr61 may direct other tumor cells to undergo collective cell migration, resulting in a formation of primary SCC mass.
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Tumor invasion