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P-, but not E- or L-, selectin-mediated rolling adhesion persistence in hemodynamic flow diverges between metastatic and leukocytic cells

Erin Elizabeth Edwards, Jaeho Oh, Ananyaveena Anilkumar, Katherine Gayle Birmingham and Susan Napier Thomas _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:83585-83601. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18786

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Erin Elizabeth Edwards1,2, Jaeho Oh3, Ananyaveena Anilkumar1, Katherine Gayle Birmingham2,3 and Susan Napier Thomas1,2,3,4

1Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

2Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

3George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

4Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Correspondence to:

Susan Thomas, email: susan.thomas@me.gatech.edu

Keywords: metastasis, leukocyte, microfluidic, shear stress, heparin

Received: April 18, 2017    Accepted: May 19, 2017    Published: June 28, 2017


The ability of leukocytic cells to engage selectins via rolling adhesion is critical to inflammation, but selectins are also implicated in mediating metastatic dissemination. Using a microfluidic- and flow-based cell adhesion chromatography experimental and analytical technique, we interrogated the cell-subtype differences in engagement and sustainment of rolling adhesion on P-, E-, and L-selectin-functionalized surfaces in physiological flow. Our results indicate that, particularly at low concentrations of P-selectin, metastatic but not leukocytic cells exhibit reduced rolling adhesion persistence, whereas both cell subtypes exhibited reduced persistence on L-selectin and high persistence on E-selectin, differences not revealed by flow cytometry analysis or reflected in the extent or velocity of rolling adhesion. Conditions under which adhesion persistence was found to be significantly reduced corresponded to those exhibiting the greatest sensitivity to a selectin-antagonist. Our results suggest that potentially therapeutically exploitable differences in metastatic and leukocytic cell subtype interactions with selectins in physiological flow are identifiable through implementation of functional assays of adhesion persistence in hemodynamic flow utilizing this integrated, flow-based cell adhesion chromatography analytical technique.

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