Kallikrein 4 is a potential mediator of cellular interactions between cancer cells and osteoblasts in metastatic prostate cancer.Prostate. 2007 Mar 01; 67(4):348-60.P
Prostate cancer (PCa) and bone cell interactions are critical in the metastatic phase. Kallikrein 4 (KLK4/hK4) is expressed in both PCa and mineralized tissues. We determined if KLK4/hK4 expression was associated with, and influenced by, the bone environment of metastatic PCa.
Immunohistochemistry, in vitro co-culture, cell migration, and attachment assays.
hK4 was localized to tumor cells and osteoblasts in bone metastases. KLK4/hK4 increased in LNCaP and PC3 cells co-cultured with SaOs2 cells; SaOs2 KLK4/hK4 was unchanged. Co-culture did not affect cell proliferation but altered alkaline phosphatase activity/mRNA levels in SaOs2 cells. KLK4-transfected PC3 cells had increased migration towards SaOs2 conditioned medium and greater attachment to the bone-matrix proteins, collagens I and IV.
hK4 expression and interaction with both tumor cells and osteoblasts suggests a role for hK4 in PCa bone metastasis. Whether this observation is unique to bone metastasis or reflects a role for hK4 in PCa metastasis generally is yet to be established.