Adrenomedullin promotes formation of xenografted endometrial tumors by stimulation of autocrine growth and angiogenesis

MK Oehler, S Hague, MC Rees, Roy Bicknell

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The angiogenic peptide adrenomedullin (ADM) has been implicated as a mediator of the increased risk of endometrial hyperplasia and cancer resulting from the use of tamoxifen for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. ADM has been shown to be induced by tamoxifen in the endometrium and to be a growth factor for endometrial endothelial cells in vitro. We have now shown ADM to be strongly angiogenic in the mouse subcutaneous sponge angiogenesis assay. To examine the role of ADM in tumor growth, the ADM cDNA was transfected into endometrial carcinoma cells followed by xenografting into athymic mice. Two endometrial cancer cell lines were employed, those in which transfection and expression of ADM resulted in no effect on growthin vitro (Ishikawa cells) and those in which expressionof exogenous ADM stimulated in vitro growth (RL95.2 cells). A clear enhancement of tumor growth was seen with both cell lines but the effect was far greater with the RL95.2 cells. We conclude that ADM is pro-tumorigenic by stimulating either angiogenesis alone or by stimulating angiogenesis and carcinoma cell growth directly. The combined activities lead to a striking increase in tumor growth. These results provide the first direct evidence of tumorigenic activity of ADM and provide further support for ADMs involvement in tamoxifen induced endometrial neoplasia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2815-21
Number of pages7
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2002


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