We previously demonstrated that cell-surface gC1qR is a key regulator of lamellipodia formation and cancer metastasis. Here, we screened a monoclonal mouse antibody against gC1qR to prevent cell migration by neutralizing cell-surface gC1qR. The anti-gC1qR antibody prevented growth factor-stimulated lamellipodia formation, cell migration and focal adhesion kinase activation by inactivating receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) in various cancer cells such as A549, MDA-MB-231, MCF7 and HeLa cells. The antibody neutralization of cell-surface gC1qR also inhibited angiogenesis because the anti-gC1qR antibody prevented growth factor-stimulated RTK activation, lamellipodia formation, cell migration and tube formation in HUVEC. In addition, we found that A549 tumorigenesis was reduced in a xenograft mouse model by following the administration of the anti-gC1qR antibody. With these data, we can conclude that the antibody neutralization of cell-surface gC1qR could be a good therapeutic strategy for cancer treatment.
- Cell migration
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