B7-H3 regulates migration and invasion in salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma via the JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathway.
Am J Transl Res. 2017;9(3):1369-1380
Authors: Fan TF, Deng WW, Bu LL, Wu TF, Zhang WF, Sun ZJ
B7 Homolog 3 (B7-H3), a newly identified member of the B7 family, is over-expressed in various human cancers and plays a vital role in tumor progression. To identify the expression pattern of B7-H3 in human salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) and its underlying mechanisms, we characterized B7-H3 expression in AdCC tissue microarrays using immunohistochemical staining, and analyzed potentially associated molecules. The results showed that B7-H3 was highly expressed in salivary AdCC, compared with normal salivary glands. Statistical analyses of immunohistochemical staining showed that B7-H3 was closely correlated with Slug and p-STAT3. Functional studies showed that knockdown of B7-H3 in AdCC cell lines using RNA interference did not influence cell growth and apoptosis, but decreased migration and invasion in vitro. Further mechanism studies suggested that B7-H3 influenced the migration and invasion of AdCC cells by regulating the epithelial-mesenchymal transition via JAK2/STAT3 pathway components. Collectively, these findings suggested that B7-H3 may be a potential therapeutic target for AdCC.
PMID: 28386362 [PubMed]