Articles by Joel M. Mor in JoVE
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Association of RHAMM with E2F1 Promotes Tumour Cell Extravasation by Transcriptional Up-regulation of Fibronectin The Journal of Pathology. Nov, 2014 | Pubmed ID: 25042645 Dissemination of cancer cells from primary to distant sites is a complex process; little is known about the genesis of metastatic changes during disease development. Here we show that the metastatic potential of E2F1-dependent circulating tumour cells (CTCs) relies on a novel function of the hyaluronan-mediated motility receptor RHAMM. E2F1 directly up-regulates RHAMM, which in turn acts as a co-activator of E2F1 to stimulate expression of the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin. Enhanced fibronectin secretion links E2F1/RHAMM transcriptional activity to integrin-β1-FAK signalling associated with cytoskeletal remodelling and enhanced tumour cell motility. RHAMM depletion abolishes fibronectin expression and cell transmigration across the endothelial layer in E2F1-activated cells. In a xenograft model, knock-down of E2F1 or RHAMM in metastatic cells protects the liver parenchyma of mice against extravasation of CTCs, whereas the number of transmigrated cells increases in response to E2F1 induction. Expression data from clinical tissue samples reveals high E2F1 and RHAMM levels that closely correlate with malignant progression. These findings suggest a requirement for RHAMM in late-stage metastasis by a mechanism involving cooperative stimulation of fibronectin, with a resultant tumourigenic microenvironment important for enhanced extravasation and distant organ colonization. Therefore, stimulation of the E2F1-RHAMM axis in aggressive cancer cells is of high clinical significance. Targeting RHAMM may represent a promising approach to avoid E2F1-mediated metastatic dissemination.
Systemic BRAF/MEK Inhibitors As a Potential Treatment Option in Metastatic Conjunctival Melanoma Ocular Oncology and Pathology. Jul, 2017 | Pubmed ID: 28868285 In this review, we outline similarities between conjunctival and skin melanoma as well as the effectiveness of combined BRAF/MEK inhibition in melanoma, and discuss the applicability of these agents in conjunctival melanoma.