High metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 (MACC1) expression is associated with metastasis, tumor cell migration, and increased proliferation in colorectal cancer. Tumors with high MACC1 expression show a worse prognosis and higher invasion into neighboring structures. However, the mediation of the pro-migratory effects is still a matter of investigation.*
In their study “MACC1-Induced Collective Migration Is Promoted by Proliferation Rather Than Single Cell Biomechanics” Tim Hohmann, Urszula Hohmann, Mathias Dahlmann, Dennis Kobelt, Ulrike Stein and Faramarz Dehghani aim to elucidate the impact of single cell biomechanics and proliferation on MACC1-dependent migration.*
The authors found that MACC1 expression associated with increased collective migration, caused by increased proliferation, and no changes in single cell biomechanics. Thus, targeting proliferation in high-MACC1-expressing tumors may offer additional effects on cell migration.*
The mechanical properties of single cells were assessed in the form of the Young’s modulus and cortex tension; both were measured using atomic force microscopy. Briefly, cells were seeded on a petri dish and measured 15 min after seeding to avoid slippage of individual cells. Measurements were conducted using a tipless NanoWorld Arrow-TL2 AFM cantilever array to apply a force of 1 nN that led to deformations of 1–2 µm. The Young’s modulus was calculated using the Hertz model.*
*Tim Hohmann, Urszula Hohmann, Mathias Dahlmann, Dennis Kobelt, Ulrike Stein and Faramarz Dehghani
MACC1-Induced Collective Migration Is Promoted by Proliferation Rather Than Single Cell Biomechanics
Cancers 2022, 14(12), 2857
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