Paper Spotlight: Matriptase Inhibits Migration and Proliferation in Multiple Myeloma Cells



November 7, 2022

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  • Oncotarget published this research paper in Volume 13, entitled, "The serine protease matriptase inhibits migration and proliferation in multiple myeloma cells" by researchers from Center for Myeloma Research, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway; Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, St. Olav's University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway; Laboratory Clinic, St. Olav's University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway; Department of Hematology, St. Olav's University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway. DOI - Correspondence to - Ida Steiro - Abstract Background: Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable malignancy of plasma cells. The serine protease matriptase is frequently dysregulated in human carcinomas, which facilitates tumor progression and metastatic dissemination. The importance of matriptase in hematological malignancies is yet to be clarified. In this study, we aimed to characterize the role of matriptase in MM. Materials and Methods: mRNA expression of matriptase and its inhibitors hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor (HAI)-1 and HAI-2 was studied in primary MM cells from patient samples and human myeloma cell lines (HMCLs). We further investigated the effect of matriptase on migration and proliferation of myeloma cells in vitro. By use of the CoMMpass database, we assessed the clinical relevance of matriptase in MM patients. Results: Matriptase was expressed in 96% of patient samples and all HMCLs tested. Overexpression of matriptase in vitro reduced proliferation, and significantly decreased cytokine-induced migration. Conversely, matriptase knockdown significantly enhanced migration. Mechanistically, overexpression of matriptase inhibited activation of Src kinase. Conclusions: Our findings may suggest a novel role of matriptase as a tumor suppressor in MM pathogenesis. Sign up for free Altmetric alerts about this article - Keywords - matriptase, multiple myeloma, tumor suppressor, migration, Src About Oncotarget Oncotarget is a primarily oncology-focused, peer-reviewed, open access journal. Papers are published continuously within yearly volumes in their final and complete form, and then quickly released to Pubmed. On September 15, 2022, Oncotarget was accepted again for indexing by MEDLINE. Oncotarget is now indexed by Medline/PubMed and PMC/PubMed. To learn more about Oncotarget, please visit and connect with us: SoundCloud - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - YouTube - LinkedIn - Pinterest - Reddit - Media Contact MEDIA@IMPACTJOURNALS.COM 18009220957

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