Kallikrein-related peptidase 7 promotes multicellular aggregation via the α5β1 Integrin pathway and paclitaxel chemoresistance in serous epithelial ovarian carcinoma

Ying Dong, Olivia L. Tan, Daniela Loessner, Carson Stephens, Carina Walpole, Glen M. Boyle, Peter G. Parsons, Judith A. Clements

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

79 Citations (Scopus)


Kallikrein-related peptidase 7 (KLK7) is upregulated in epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC) with high levels correlated with poor prognosis. However, the mechanisms underlying this relationship and the role of KLK7 in EOC progression are unknown. We report that two different KLK7 transcripts, KLK7-253 and KLK7-181, are simultaneously expressed in high-grade serous EOC. Multicellular aggregates (MCA), which promote cell survival and chemoresistance, were observed in SKOV-3 cells stably overexpressing KLK7-253 in particular. Importantly, these MCAs invade into a monolayer of mesothelial cells and form cancer cell focL Blocking MCA using antibodies against KLK7 and α5β 1, and β1 integrins confirmed the involvement of KLK7 and integrinregulated cell adhesion. Increased levels of α5/ β1 integrins and enhanced attachment to fibronectin and vitronectin, which was blocked with an anti-β1 integrin antibody, were also observed. Finally, Western blot and immunohistochemistry showed higher KLK7 and α5/β:1 integrin levels in serous EOC cells from ascites and tumor samples from chemotherapy nonresponders with short postsurvival times. Additionally, both KLK7253 and KLK7-181 clones were more resistant to paclitaxel treatment in vitro. These findings suggest a mechanism for the association of high KLK7 levels with chemoresistance and poor prognosis for serous EOC patients by promotion of peritoneal dissemination and reinvasion via increased MCA and α5β1, integrin-dependent cell adhesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2624-2633
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

Cite this