Open Access Research article

Matrix metalloproteinase-10 promotes tumor progression through regulation of angiogenic and apoptotic pathways in cervical tumors

Ge Zhang1, Makito Miyake1, Adrienne Lawton2, Steve Goodison134 and Charles J Rosser135*

Author Affiliations

1 Cancer Research Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL 32827, USA

2 Department of Pathology, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL 32806, USA

3 Nonagen Bioscience Corporation, Orlando, FL 32827, USA

4 Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, USA

5 Clinical and Translational Research Program, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Ilalo Street #327, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA

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BMC Cancer 2014, 14:310  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-14-310

Published: 3 May 2014



Cancer invasion and metastasis develops through a series of steps that involve the loss of cell to cell and cell to matrix adhesion, degradation of extracellular matrix and induction of angiogenesis. Different protease systems (e.g., matrix metalloproteinases, MMPs) are involved in these steps. MMP-10, one of the lesser studied MMPs, is limited to epithelial cells and can facilitate tumor cell invasion by targeting collagen, elastin and laminin. Enhanced MMP-10 expression has been linked to poor clinical prognosis in some cancers, however, mechanisms underlying a role for MMP-10 in tumorigenesis and progression remain largely unknown. Here, we report that MMP-10 expression is positively correlated with the invasiveness of human cervical and bladder cancers.


Using commercial tissue microarray (TMA) of cervical and bladder tissues, MMP-10 immunohistochemical staining was performed. Furthermore using a panel of human cells (HeLa and UROtsa), in vitro and in vivo experiments were performed in which MMP-10 was overexpressed or silenced and we noted phenotypic and genotypic changes.


Experimentally, we showed that MMP-10 can regulate tumor cell migration and invasion, and endothelial cell tube formation, and that MMP-10 effects are associated with a resistance to apoptosis. Further investigation revealed that increasing MMP-10 expression stimulates the expression of HIF-1α and MMP-2 (pro-angiogenic factors) and PAI-1 and CXCR2 (pro-metastatic factors), and accordingly, targeting MMP-10 with siRNA in vivo resulted in diminution of xenograft tumor growth with a concomitant reduction of angiogenesis and a stimulation of apoptosis.


Taken together, our findings show that MMP-10 can play a significant role in tumor growth and progression, and that MMP-10 perturbation may represent a rational strategy for cancer treatment.

Angiogenesis; Apoptosis; Cancer; Invasion; MMP-10