Exosomal tetraspanins mediate cancer metastasis by altering host microenvironment

Jun Lu, Jun Li, Shuo Liu, Teng Wang, Alessandro Ianni, Eva Bober, Thomas Braun, Rong Xiang and Shijing Yue _

PDF  |  HTML  |  How to cite

Oncotarget. 2017; 8:62803-62815. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19119

Metrics: PDF 3060 views  |   HTML 3945 views  |   ?  


Jun Lu3, Jun Li1,2, Shuo Liu1,2, Teng Wang1,2, Alessandro Ianni4, Eva Bober4, Thomas Braun4, Rong Xiang1,2 and Shijing Yue1,2

1School of Medicine, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

2The State International Science & Technology Cooperation Base of Tumor Immunology and Biological Vaccines, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

3Department of General Surgery, Hefei Second People’s Hospital, Hefei, China

4Department of Cardiac Development and Remodeling, Max-Planck-Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany

Correspondence to:

Shijing Yue, email: [email protected]

Rong Xiang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: tumor, cancer metastasis, tetraspanin, exosomes, cancer microenvironment

Received: August 04, 2016    Accepted: April 05, 2017    Published: July 10, 2017


The metastases of malignant tumors develop through a cascade of events. The establishment of a pre-metastatic micro-environment is initiated by communication between tumors and host. Exosomes come into focus as the most potent intercellular communicators playing a pivotal role in this process. Cancer cells release exosomes into the extracellular environment prior to metastasis. Tetraspanin is a type of 4 times transmembrane proteins. It may be involved in cell motility, adhesion, morphogenesis, as well as cell and vesicular membrane fusion. The exosomal tetraspanin network is a molecular scaffold connecting various proteins for signaling transduction. The complex of tetraspanin-integrin determines the recruiting cancer exosomes to pre-metastatic sites. Tetraspanin is a key element for the target cell selection of exosomes uptake that may lead to the reprogramming of target cells. Reprogrammed target cells assist pre-metastatic niche formation. Previous reviews have described the biogenesis, secretion and intercellular interaction of exosomes in various tumors. However, there is a lack of reviews on the topic of exosomal tetraspanin in the context of cancer. In this review, we will describe the main characteristics of exosomal tetraspanin in cancer cells. We will also discuss how the cancer exosomal tetraspanin alters extracellular environment and regulates cancer metastasis.

Creative Commons License All site content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
PII: 19119