Interleukin-6/soluble interleukin-6 receptor signaling attenuates proliferation and invasion, and induces morphological changes of a newly established pleomorphic malignant fibrous histiocytoma cell line

Hirofumi Nakanishi, Kiyoko Yoshioka, Susumu Joyama, Nobuhito Araki, Akira Myoui, Shingo Ishiguro, Takafumi Ueda, Hideki Yoshikawa, Kazuyuki Itoh
American Journal of Pathology 2004, 165 (2): 471-80
Pleomorphic malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) is occasionally associated with inflammatory paraneoplastic syndrome (PNS). Recently, we reported that interleukin (IL)-6, one of the candidate cytokines, which induces such systemic inflammatory reaction, may be a tumor-associated factor involved in the pathogenesis and its clinical manifestations of MFH. In the local microenvironment, tumor-induced inflammatory reaction may play a role favoring tumor progression. To clarify the biological relevance of IL-6 in MFH, we established a human MFH cell line, named MIPS-2, derived from a resected specimen of a patient presenting with PNS. In this patient, the serum IL-6 level ran parallel to the disease course: elevated serum IL-6 concentration normalized immediately after radical surgery, and re-elevation occurred on tumor recurrence. MIPS-2 presented pleomorphic appearance, severe nuclear abnormalities with prominent nucleoli, and tumorigenesis in nude mice. MIPS-2 expressed IL-6, IL-6 receptor (IL-6R), and glycoprotein 130 (gp130) but lacked the soluble form of IL-6R (sIL-6R), as determined by flow cytometry and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analyses. Stimulation of MIPS-2 with IL-6 combined with exogenous sIL-6R induced phosphorylation of both signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), decreased cell proliferation, attenuated invasion, and induced morphological changes. Collectively, these data suggested that the IL-6/sIL-6R signaling pathway plays a pivotal role for proliferation, invasion, and morphology of MFH via STAT3 and MAPK pathway as autocrine and/or paracrine manner, and proposed the therapeutic potential for the use of both anti-growth factor and proinflammatory cytokine-targeting strategies to combat devastating MFH.

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