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Elevated expression of CD93 in brain tumor
Elevated expression of the C-type lectin CD93 in the glioblastoma vasculature regulates cytoskeletal rearrangements that enhance vessel function and reduce host survival
CD93 encodes for a cell-surface glycoprotein and is expressed in myeloid cells and endothelial cells. CD93 has recently been identified as an important gene in primary tumor angiogenesis and the corresponding protein has been shown to have proangiogenic properties. In the present study the role of CD93 in malignant glioma was analyzed. The effect on glioblastoma vessels and tumor growth was studied. The results show that CD93 regulates angiogenesis in glioma by modulating cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion of endothelial cells. In a cohort comprising 235 glioma patients it was further shown that expression of CD93 in tumor vessels correlated with poor survival. These findings suggest that CD93 could have a potential as a therapeutic target for anti-angiogenic treatment and also be utilized as a biomarker to determine the progression of malignant glioma.
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