The platelet aggregation-inducing factor aggrus/podoplanin promotes pulmonary metastasis.

Tumor cell-induced platelet aggregation has been reported to facilitate hematogenous metastasis. Aggrus/podoplanin is a platelet aggregation-inducing factor that is up-regulated in a number of human cancers and has been implicated in tumor progression. We studied herein the role of Aggrus in tumor growth, metastasis , and survival in vivo. Aggrus expression… (More)