Loss of fibulin-2 expression is associated with breast cancer progression.


Fibulin-2, an extracellular matrix protein expressed by normal epithelia, was found to be down-regulated in several breast cancer cell lines. Fibulin-2 protein expression was also decreased in breast cancer tissue samples as evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Reintroduction of Fibulin-2 into breast cancer cell lines that do not express Fibulin-2 reduced cancer cell motility and invasion in vitro but had no effect on cell growth and adhesion properties. Together with evidence that Fibulin-2 contributes to wound healing and inhibits smooth muscle cell migration, our findings suggest that loss of Fibulin-2 expression may facilitate migration and invasion in breast cancer.

  • Hollingsworth MA
  • Smith DJ
  • West WW
  • Yi CH
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Am J Pathol, 2007, 170 (5)