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Mechanisms of gelsolin-dependent and -independent EGF-stimulated cell motility in a human lung epithelial cell line.

Acquisition of motility is an important step in malignant progression of tumor cells and involves dynamic changes in actin filament architecture orchestrated by many actin binding proteins. A role for the actin-binding protein gelsolin has been demonstrated in fibroblast motility. In this report, we investigated the role of gelsolin in bronchial epithelial cell motility. The non-tumorigenic bronchial epithelial cell line, NL20 migrated towards EGF in a modified Boyden chamber cell motility assay. However, the tumorigenic NL20-TA cell line derived from the NL20 cells and lacking gelsolin, did not migrate towards EGF. Ectopic expression of gelsolin in NL20-TA cells restored the EGF response, while motility of NL20-TA derived cells towards serum, PDGF, and fibronectin was independent of gelsolin expression. PI3-kinase inhibition failed to block EGF-stimulated motility in gelsolin transfected NL20-TA cells. Furthermore, EGF stimulated a motility response in cells lacking gelsolin in the presence of fibronectin or fibrinogen that was blocked with PI3-kinase inhibition. Thus, EGF-stimulated motility in NL20 cells and its derivatives are gelsolin dependent and PI3-kinase independent, while fibronectin and fibrinogen enhances EGF- stimulated motility through a pathway independent of gelsolin and dependent upon PI3-kinase.[1]


  1. Mechanisms of gelsolin-dependent and -independent EGF-stimulated cell motility in a human lung epithelial cell line. Lader, A.S., Lee, J.J., Cicchetti, G., Kwiatkowski, D.J. Exp. Cell Res. (2005) [Pubmed]
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