P-selectin glycoprotein ligand regulates the interaction of multiple myeloma cells with the bone marrow microenvironment

Abdel Kareem Azab, Phong Quang, Feda Azab, Costas Pitsillides, Brian Thompson, Triona Chonghaile, John T. Patton, Patricia Maiso, Val Monrose, Antonio Sacco, Hai T. Ngo, Ludmila M. Flores, Charles P. Lin, John L. Magnani, Andrew L. Kung, Anthony Letai, Ruben Carrasco, Aldo M. Roccaro, Irene M. Ghobrial

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Interactions between multiple myeloma (MM) cells and the BM microenvironment play a critical role in the pathogenesis of MM and in the development of drug resistance by MM cells. Selectins are involved in extravasation and homing of leukocytes to target organs. In the present study, we focused on adhesion dynamics that involve P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) on MM cells and its interaction with selectins in the BM microenvironment. We show that PSGL-1 is highly expressed on MM cells and regulates the adhesion and homing of MM cells to cells in the BM microenvironment in vitro and in vivo. This interaction involves both endothelial cells and BM stromal cells. Using loss-of-function studies and the small-molecule pan-selectin inhibitor GMI-1070, we show that PSGL-1 regulates the activation of integrins and downstream signaling. We also document that this interaction regulates MM-cell proliferation in coculture with BM microenvironmental cells and the development of drug resistance. Furthermore, inhibiting this interaction with GMI-1070 enhances the sensitization of MM cells to bortezomib in vitro and in vivo. These data highlight the critical contribution of PSGL-1 to the regulation of growth, dissemination, and drug resistance in MM in the context of the BM microenvironment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1468-1478
Number of pages11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2012


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