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Articles by Shin Takesue
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Between 2010 and 2020, Shin Takesue wrote the following 10 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
 
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1 Article Necroptosis in pancreatic cancer promotes cancer cell migration and invasion by release of CXCL5. 2020

Ando, Yohei / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Otsubo, Yoshiki / Kibe, Shin / Takesue, Shin / Abe, Toshiya / Iwamoto, Chika / Shindo, Koji / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohtsuka, Takao / Oda, Yoshinao / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Endoscopic Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. ·PLoS One · Pubmed #31999765.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Necroptosis is a form of programmed cell death that is accompanied by release of intracellular contents, and reportedly contributes to various diseases. Here, we investigate the significance of necroptosis in pancreatic cancer. METHODS: We used immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis to evaluate expression of the key mediators of necroptosis-receptor-interacting serine/threonine protein kinase 3 (RIP3) and mixed lineage kinase domain-like (MLKL)-in human pancreatic cancer. We also tested the effects of conditioned media (CM) from necroptotic cells on pancreatic cancer cells in Transwell migration and Matrigel invasion assays. Protein array analysis was used to investigate possible mediators derived from necroptotic cells. RESULTS: RIP3 and MLKL are highly expressed in human pancreatic cancer tissues compared with normal pancreas. MLKL expression was particularly intense at the tumor invasion front. CM derived from necroptotic cells promoted cancer cell migration and invasion, but not CM derived from apoptotic cells. C-X-C motif chemokine 5 (CXCL5) was upregulated in CM derived from necroptotic cells compared with CM derived from control or apoptotic cells. Moreover, expression of the receptor for CXCL5, C-X-C-motif chemokine receptor-2 (CXCR2), was upregulated in pancreatic cancer cells. Inhibition of CXCR2 suppressed cancer cell migratory and invasive behavior enhanced by necroptosis. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that necroptosis at the pancreatic cancer invasion front can promote cancer cell migration and invasion via the CXCL5-CXCR2 axis.

2 Article S100P regulates the collective invasion of pancreatic cancer cells into the lymphatic endothelial monolayer. 2019

Nakayama, Hiromichi / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Yonenaga, Akiko / Sagara, Akiko / Ando, Yohei / Kibe, Shin / Takesue, Shin / Abe, Toshiya / Endo, Sho / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Okumura, Takashi / Shido, Koji / Miyoshi, Kei / Nakata, Kohei / Moriyama, Taiki / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Inoue, Shigetaka / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. ·Int J Oncol · Pubmed #31180531.

ABSTRACT: Lymph node metastasis is an independent prognostic factor in pancreatic cancer. However, the mechanisms of lymph node colonization are unknown. As a mechanism of lymphatic metastasis, it has been reported for other types of cancer that spheroids from tumor cells cause circular chemorepellent‑induced defects (CCIDs) in lymphatic endothelial monolayers. In pancreatic cancer, such mechanisms of metastasis have not been elucidated. The present study evaluated the involvement of this new mechanism of metastasis in pancreatic cancer and investigated the associated factors. In human pancreatic cancer tissue, it was observed that clusters of cancer cells penetrated the wall of lymphatic ducts around the primary tumor. An in vitro co‑culture system was then used to analyze the mechanisms of tumor cell‑mediated disruption of lymphatic vessels. Time‑lapse microscopic imaging revealed that spheroids from pancreatic cancer cells caused circular defects in lymphatic endothelial monolayers. CCID formation ability differed depending on the cell line. Neither aggregation of spheroids nor adhesion to lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) exhibited a significant correlation with this phenomenon. The addition of supernatant from cultured cancer cells enhanced CCID formation. Microarray analysis revealed that the expression of S100 calcium binding protein P (S100P) was significantly increased when LECs were treated with supernatant from cultured cancer cells. Addition of a S100P antagonist significantly suppressed the migration of LECs and CCID formation. The present findings demonstrated that spheroids from pancreatic cancer cells caused circular defects in lymphatic endothelial monolayers. These CCIDs in pancreatic cancer were partly regulated by S100P, suggesting that S100P may be a promising target to inhibit lymph node metastasis.

3 Article CD110 promotes pancreatic cancer progression and its expression is correlated with poor prognosis. 2019

Yan, Zilong / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Zheng, Biao / Okumura, Takashi / Takesue, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Iwamoto, Chika / Shindo, Koji / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Oda, Yoshinao / Hashizume, Makoto / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Fukuoka, 812-8582, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Fukuoka, 812-8582, Japan. kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of General Surgery, Shenzhen University General Hospital, Shenzhen, China. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Cancer Center, Kyushu University Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. ·J Cancer Res Clin Oncol · Pubmed #30770989.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: This study aimed at investigating the function and significance of CD110 expression in pancreatic cancer. METHODS: We performed immunohistochemical staining for CD110 expression in tumor samples from 86 patients with pancreatic cancer. We evaluated clinical outcomes and other clinicopathological factors to determine the significance of CD110 on survival and liver metastasis. We examine thrombopoietin-CD110 signaling in cancer cell extravasation in vitro and in vivo. We investigated the effects of CD110 knockdown on liver metastasis in a splenic xenograft mouse model. RESULTS: CD110 expression in cancer cells was associated with low-histological-grade invasive ductal carcinoma, and patients with high CD110 expression had poorer prognosis (P = 0.0003). High CD110 expression was an independent predictor of liver metastasis (P = 0.0422). Knockdown of CD110 expression significantly attenuated cell migration and invasion. Treatment with thrombopoietin promoted pancreatic cancer cell extravasation. In the presence of thrombopoietin, CD110 increased cell viability through the activation of the ERK-MYC signaling pathway. Knockdown of CD110 expression inhibited liver metastases in the mouse model. CONCLUSIONS: CD110 promotes pancreatic cancer progression and it may serve as a predictive factor for liver metastasis.

4 Article Cancer-associated acinar-to-ductal metaplasia within the invasive front of pancreatic cancer contributes to local invasion. 2019

Kibe, Shin / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Ando, Yohei / Takesue, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Abe, Toshiya / Endo, Sho / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Okumura, Takashi / Iwamoto, Chika / Shindo, Koji / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Shimamoto, Masaya / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Oda, Yoshinao / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Endoscopic Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Kyushu University Hospital Cancer Center, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: mnaka@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. ·Cancer Lett · Pubmed #30590101.

ABSTRACT: The pancreas is an organ prone to inflammation, fibrosis, and atrophy because of an abundance of acinar cells that produce digestive enzymes. A characteristic of pancreatic cancer is the presence of desmoplasia, inflammatory cell infiltration, and cancer-associated acinar atrophy (CAA) within the invasive front. CAA is characterized by a high frequency of small ducts and resembles acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM). However, the clinical significance of changes in acinar morphology, such as ADM with acinar atrophy, within the tumor microenvironment remains unclear. Here, we find that ADM within the invasive front of tumors is associated with cell invasion and desmoplasia in an orthotopic mouse model of pancreatic cancer. An analysis of resected human tumors revealed that regions of cancer-associated ADM were positive for TGFα, and that this TGFα expression was associated with primary tumor size and shorter survival times. Gene expression analysis identified distinct phenotypic profiles for cancer-associated ADM, sporadic ADM and chronic pancreatitis ADM. These findings suggest that the mechanisms driving ADM differ according to the specific tissue microenvironment and that cancer-associated ADM and acinar atrophy contribute to tumor cell invasion of the local pancreatic parenchyma.

5 Article Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells are sources of cancer-associated fibroblasts and enhance tumor progression by dense collagen matrix. 2019

Okumura, Takashi / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Kibe, Shin / Iwamoto, Chika / Ando, Yohei / Takesue, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Abe, Toshiya / Endo, Sho / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Sada, Masafumi / Horioka, Kohei / Mochidome, Naoki / Arita, Makoto / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Oda, Yoshinao / Hashizume, Makoto / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Anatomic Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. ·Int J Cancer · Pubmed #30152542.

ABSTRACT: Although recent studies revealed that adipose tissue accelerates pancreatic tumor progression with excessive extracellular matrix, key players for desmoplasia in the adipose microenvironment remains unknown. Here, we investigated the roles of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) in desmoplastic lesions and tumor progression by in vitro and in vivo experiments. In a three-dimensional (3-D) organotypic fat invasion model using visceral fat from CAG-EGFP mice, GFP-positive fibroblastic cells infiltrated toward cancer cells. When tumor cells were inoculated into transplanted visceral fat pads in vivo, tumor weights and stromal components were enhanced compared to subcutaneous and orthotopic tumor cells inoculated without fat pads. Expression of αSMA in established human ASCs was lower compared to cancer associated fibroblasts, and the 3-D collagen matrices produced by ASCs cultured in cancer cell-conditioned medium changed from loose to dense structures that affected the motility of cancer cells. Microarray analyses revealed upregulation of S100A4 in ASCs, while S100A4-positive stromal cells were observed at extrapancreatic invasion sites of human pancreatic cancer. The present findings indicate that ASCs are recruited to extrapancreatic invasion sites and produce dense collagen matrices that lead to enhanced tumor progression. Both inhibition of ASCs recruitment and activation could lead to a novel antistromal therapy.

6 Article Basement membrane destruction by pancreatic stellate cells leads to local invasion in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. 2018

Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Ando, Yohei / Kibe, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Takesue, Shin / Endo, Sho / Abe, Toshiya / Okumura, Takashi / Iwamoto, Chika / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohtsuka, Takao / Nagai, Eishi / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Hashizume, Makoto / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: mnaka@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. ·Cancer Lett · Pubmed #29580808.

ABSTRACT: Stroma invasion is an important step in pancreatic cancer progression. However, how pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) with ductal structure invades the surrounding stroma has not been clear. Here, we elucidated the mechanism of stromal invasion of PDAC, using organoids. From resected PDAC specimens, we established human PDAC organoids, which developed ductal and basement membrane (BM) structures. When the organoids were co-cultured with pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) in a collagen matrix, organoids lost their BM and ductal structures, and invaded collagen matrix more frequently than did mono-cultured organoids. Interestingly, direct contact by PSCs to PDAC organoids was observed before BM destruction. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 2 or membrane type-1 MMP (MT1MMP) knockdown in PSCs significantly attenuated BM destruction by PSCs, and retained the ductal structures in organoids. Our results imply that direct contact by PSCs induces BM destruction and stromal invasion of PDAC via MMP2 which binds to MT1MMP on PSCs.

7 Article Pancreatic stellate cells reorganize matrix components and lead pancreatic cancer invasion via the function of Endo180. 2018

Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Takesue, Shin / Ando, Yohei / Kibe, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Endo, Sho / Abe, Toshiya / Okumura, Takashi / Horioka, Kohei / Sada, Masafumi / Iwamoto, Chika / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohuchida, Riichi / Manabe, Tatsuya / Ohtsuka, Takao / Nagai, Eishi / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Hashizume, Makoto / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Section of Fixed Prosthodontics, Division of Oral Rehabilitation, Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. ·Cancer Lett · Pubmed #29061505.

ABSTRACT: Specific cell populations leading the local invasion of cancer are called "leading cells". However, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Here, we identified leading cells in pancreatic cancer and determined how these cells lead and promote cancer cell invasion in the extracellular matrix (ECM). Using three-dimensional matrix remodeling assay, we found that pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) frequently invaded the collagen matrix with pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs), which invaded behind the invading PSCs. In addition, invading PSCs changed the alignment of collagen fibers, resulting in ECM remodeling and an increase in the parallel fibers along the direction of invading PSCs. Endo180 expression was higher in PSCs than in PCCs, Endo180 knockdown in PSCs attenuated the invasive abilities of PSCs and co-cultured PCCs, and decreased the expression level of phosphorylated myosin light chain 2 (MLC2). In mouse models, Endo180-knockdown PSCs suppressed tumor growth and changes in collagen fiber orientation in co-transplantation with PCCs. Our findings suggest that PSCs lead the local invasion of PCCs by physically remodeling the ECM, possibly via the function of Endo180, which reconstructs the actin cell skeleton by phosphorylation of MLC2.

8 Article Autophagy inhibition enhances antiproliferative effect of salinomycin in pancreatic cancer cells. 2017

Endo, Sho / Nakata, Kohei / Sagara, Akiko / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Ando, Yohei / Kibe, Shin / Takesue, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Abe, Toshiya / Okumura, Takashi / Moriyama, Taiki / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. Electronic address: knakata@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan; Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, 3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. Electronic address: mnaka@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. ·Pancreatology · Pubmed #28927939.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Salinomycin has cytotoxic effects on various types of malignancy and induces autophagy. However, it has not been clarified whether autophagy induced by salinomycin treatment has a protective or cytotoxic role. We investigated whether salinomycin affects autophagy in pancreatic cancer cells and whether autophagy induced by salinomycin treatment has a protective or cytotoxic role in these cells. METHODS: We investigated the effect of salinomycin using three pancreatic cancer cell lines. We investigated effect on proliferation and the CD133 positive fraction using flow cytometry. In addition, we monitored the change in autophagic activity after salinomycin treatment using fluorescent immunostaining, western blotting, and flow cytometry. Finally, knockdown of ATG5 or ATG7 by siRNA was used to investigate the impact of autophagy inhibition on sensitivity to salinomycin. RESULTS: Salinomycin suppressed the proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells in a concentration dependent manner, and reduced the CD133 positive fraction. Salinomycin enhanced autophagy activity in these cells in a concentration dependent manner. Autophagy inhibition made pancreatic cancer cells more sensitive to salinomycin. CONCLUSIONS: Our data provide the first evidence indicating that autophagy induced by salinomycin have a protective role in pancreatic cancer cells. A new therapeutic strategy of combining salinomycin, autophagy inhibitors, and anticancer drugs could hold promise for pancreatic cancer treatment.

9 Article Degree of desmoplasia in metastatic lymph node lesions is associated with lesion size and poor prognosis in pancreatic cancer patients. 2017

Nakayama, Hiromichi / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Yoshida, Masaki / Miyazaki, Tetsuyuki / Takesue, Shin / Abe, Toshiya / Endo, Sho / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Okumura, Takashi / Moriyama, Taiki / Nakata, Kohei / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Shirahane, Kengo / Manabe, Tatsuya / Ohtsuka, Takao / Toma, Hiroki / Tominaga, Yohei / Nagai, Eishi / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Oda, Yoshinao / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. · Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. · Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan. ·Oncol Lett · Pubmed #28927058.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatic cancer is characterized by increased hyperplasia of fibrotic tissue, termed desmoplasia, and lymph node metastasis is an independent prognostic factor in this disease. However, there are no reports focused on desmoplasia in pancreatic cancer lymph node metastases. The present study evaluated a range of factors and investigated their association with poor prognosis in pancreatic cancer cases with lymph node metastasis, including the degree of desmoplasia in lesions. To identify the poor prognostic factors associated with lymph node metastasis, the present study retrospectively reviewed the clinical data of 65 patients with lymph node metastases that underwent surgical pancreatic cancer resection between 2007 and 2012 at a single institution. The investigation focused on the degree of fibrosis in metastatic lesions in 216 lymph nodes, and investigated associations with prognosis or clinicopathological findings. The ratios of the fibrotic area in metastatic lymph node lesions were evaluated and classified into three categories, high (≥70%), moderate (10-70%) and low (<10%). Desmoplasia was not observed in cancer-free lymph nodes. The size of metastatic lymph node lesions was additionally measured, and a significant association between metastatic lesion size and the degree of desmoplasia was observed (P<0.001). The degree of desmoplasia was additionally associated with local extranodal invasion. In the analysis of 65 pancreatic cancer patients with metastatic lymph nodes, the presence of multiple metastatic lymph nodes with moderate or high desmoplasia was significantly associated with poor survival (high, P=0.0048; moderate/high, P=0.0075). Of several clinicopathological factors, the presence of multiple metastatic lymph nodes with high or moderate desmoplasia was associated with overall survival in univariate (P=0.0098) and multivariate (P=0.0466) analyses. The degree of desmoplasia in metastatic lymph nodes is associated with lesion size, and the presence of multiple metastatic lymph nodes with desmoplasia is an independent poor prognostic factor, suggesting that the desmoplasia may have an important role in the malignant progression of lymph node metastases.

10 Article Autophagy Is Required for Activation of Pancreatic Stellate Cells, Associated With Pancreatic Cancer Progression and Promotes Growth of Pancreatic Tumors in Mice. 2017

Endo, Sho / Nakata, Kohei / Ohuchida, Kenoki / Takesue, Shin / Nakayama, Hiromichi / Abe, Toshiya / Koikawa, Kazuhiro / Okumura, Takashi / Sada, Masafumi / Horioka, Kohei / Zheng, Biao / Mizuuchi, Yusuke / Iwamoto, Chika / Murata, Masaharu / Moriyama, Taiki / Miyasaka, Yoshihiro / Ohtsuka, Takao / Mizumoto, Kazuhiro / Oda, Yoshinao / Hashizume, Makoto / Nakamura, Masafumi. ·Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: knakata@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: kenoki@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan; Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Advanced Medical Initiatives, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Anatomical Pathology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. · Department of Surgery and Oncology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Electronic address: mnaka@surg1.med.kyushu-u.ac.jp. ·Gastroenterology · Pubmed #28126348.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND & AIMS: Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) change from a quiescent to activated state in the tumor environment and secrete extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules and cytokines to increase the aggressiveness of tumors. However, it is not clear how PSCs are activated to produce these factors, or whether this process can be inhibited. PSCs have morphologic and functional similarities to hepatic stellate cells, which undergo autophagy to promote fibrosis and tumor growth. We investigated whether autophagy activates PSCs, which promotes development of the tumor stroma and growth of pancreatic tumors in mice. METHODS: We used immunofluorescence microscopy and immunohistochemistry to analyze pancreatic tumor specimens from 133 patients who underwent pancreatectomy in Japan from 2000 to 2009. PSCs were cultured from pancreatic tumor tissues or tissues of patients with chronic pancreatitis; these were analyzed by immunofluorescence microscopy, immunoblots, quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, and in assays for invasiveness, proliferation, and lipid droplets. Autophagy was inhibited in PSCs by administration of chloroquine or transfection with small interfering RNAs. Proteins were knocked down in immortalized PSCs by expression of small hairpin RNAs. Cells were transplanted into pancreatic tails of nude mice, and tumor growth and metastasis were quantified. RESULTS: Based on immunohistochemical analyses, autophagy was significantly associated with tumor T category (P = .018), histologic grade (P = .001), lymph node metastases (P < .001), stage (P = .009), perilymphatic invasion (P = .001), and perivascular invasion (P = .003). Autophagy of PSCs was associated with shorter survival times of patients with pancreatic cancer. PSC expression of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3, a marker of autophagosomes, was associated with poor outcomes (shorter survival time, disease recurrence) for patients with pancreatic cancer (relative risk of shorter survival time, 1.56). Immunoblots showed that PSCs from pancreatic tumor samples expressed higher levels of markers of autophagy than PSCs from chronic pancreatitis samples. Inhibitors of autophagy increased the number of lipid droplets of PSCs, indicating a quiescent state of PSCs, and reduced their production of ECM molecules and interleukin 6, as well as their proliferation and invasiveness in culture. PSCs exposed to autophagy inhibitors formed smaller tumors in nude mice (P = .001) and fewer liver metastases (P = .018) with less peritoneal dissemination (P = .018) compared to PSCs not exposed to autophagy inhibitors. CONCLUSIONS: Autophagic PSCs produce ECM molecules and interleukin 6 and are associated with shorter survival times and disease recurrence in patients with pancreatic cancer. Inhibitors of PSC autophagy might reduce pancreatic tumor invasiveness by altering the tumor stroma.