Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer-related deaths. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) is believed to promote late-stage cancer progression and metastasis by inducing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We previously reported that MS80, a novel oligosaccharide sulfate, inhibits TGF-β1–induced pulmonary fibrosis by binding TGF-β1. In our study MS80 effectively inhibited TGF-β/Smad signaling in lung cancer cells, breast cancer cells, and model cell lines. In addition, MS80 inhibited TGF-β1–induced EMT, motility, and invasion in vitro. Moreover, MS80 significantly inhibited lung metastasis in orthotopic 4T1 xenografts. Notably, the MS80 treatment significantly increased the infiltration of CD8+ T cells and decreased the infiltration of regulatory T cells in primary tumors and spleens in mice bearing 4T1 xenografts. Therefore, MS80 is a novel and promising candidate for treating metastatic malignancies by targeting TGF-β1–induced EMT and mediating immunosuppression.
- Received April 28, 2016.
- Accepted July 12, 2016.
This work was supported by the funds from the National Natural Science Foundation of China [Grant 81274143, 81173610, 81473243] and Youth Innovation Promotion Association.
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