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Mitotic quiescence, but not unique ""stemness"", marks the phenotype of bone metastasis-initiating cells in prostate cancer.


This study aimed to identify subpopulations of prostate cancer cells that are responsible for the initiation of bone metastases. Using rapidly dividing human prostate cancer cell lines, we identified mitotically quiescent subpopulations (<1%), which we compared with the rapidly dividing populations for patterns of gene expression and for their ability to migrate to the skeletons of athymicmice. The study used 2-photon microscopy to map the presence/distribution of fluorescently labeled, quiescent cells and luciferase expression to determine the presence of growing bone metastases. We showed that the mitotically quiescent cells were very significantly more tumorigenic in forming bone metastases than fast-growing cells (55 vs. 15%) and had a unique gene expression profile. The quiescent cells were not uniquely stem cell like, with no expression of CD133 but had the same level expression of other putative prostate stem cell markers (CD44 and integrins a2/b1), when compared to the rapidly proliferating population. In addition, mitotic quiescence was associated with very high levels of C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) production. Inhibition of CXCR4 activity altered the homing of quiescent tumor cells to bone. Our studies suggest that mitotic dormancy is a unique phenotype that facilitates tumor cell colonization of the skeleton in prostate cancer.—

Type Journal
Authors Wang, N.; Docherty, F.; Brown, H.K.; Reeves, K.; Fowles, A.; Lawson, M.; Ottewell, P.D.; Holen, I.; Croucher, P.I.; Eaton, C.L.
Publisher Name FASEB JOURNAL
Published Date 2015-08-01
Published Volume 29
Published Issue 8
Published Pages 3141-50
Status Published in-print
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