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In cell lines Cox-2-mediated VEGF-C upregulation was commonly observed and this activation was mediated by HER-2 tyrosine kinase receptor (Su et al. 2004). It should be mentioned that apart from these factors, in the process of lymphangiogenesis, the extracellular matrix also plays an important role: for the growth, migration, survival of lymphatic endothelial cells several ECM molecules participate as well, among them MMPs, hyaluronan, integrins, reelin, IL-7, etc. (Ji 2006). Extracellular Matrix (ECM) The role of ECM is not limited to being a supportive scaffold and barrier against tumor invasion, but it also serves as a reservoir of various growth factors and cell binding proteins all affecting the biological behavior of tumor parenchyma.

This complex effect is often reflected by their striking accumulation at the tumor/stroma interface. In addition to the parenchymal cells, however, MMPs are also produced by stromal elements after being triggered by cancer cells. In this regulated process a large number of cytokines, growth factors, cell-matrix or cell-to-cell interactions participate (Gabison et al. 2005). One of the inducing factors is the extracellular matrix metalloproteinases inducer (EMMPRIN; CD147) which is highly expressed on the surface of tumor cells and stimulates surrounding fibroblasts (or the carcinoma cells by autocrine mechanism) to produce MMPs and activate T-lymphocytes (Nabeshima et al.

The matrix proteoglycans similarly exhibit quantitative and qualitative changes: decorin was shown to be markedly elevated in the stroma of colonic or laryngeal cancer (Iozzo and Cohen 1993, Skandalis et al. 2004), but there was a loss of aggrecan (Skandalis et al. 2004). There is also a shift in the proportion of 6-sulfated and 4-sulfated delta disaccharides (Skandalis et al. 2004). In many cancerous tissues there is a high level of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity, usually at the tumor-stroma interface (Lynch and Matrisian 2002).

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