Beta(3) integrin expression increases breast carcinoma cell responsiveness to the malignancy-enhancing effects of osteopontin.

Osteopontin (OPN) is a secreted phosphoprotein that has been associated with malignancy of breast and other cancers. OPN binds to several cell surface integrins including alpha(v)beta(3), alpha(v)beta(5), and alpha(v)beta(1). Although the relative contribution of these integrins to breast cancer cell malignancy is uncertain, correlative studies suggest that… CONTINUE READING