ICAM-3-induced cancer cell proliferation through the PI3K/Akt pathway

Yong Geon Kim, Mi Jin Kim, Jong Seok Lim, Myeong Sok Lee, Jun Suk Kim, Young Do Yoo

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ICAM-3 interacts with LFA1, and is involved in the intercellular adhesion of leukocytes as well as in the mainenance of cell survival. It has also been suggested to induce cancer cell proliferation but the precise signaling pathway is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the ICAM-3-activated downstream pathway in H1299 lung cancer cells. The level of ICAM-3-induced cell growth was examined using BrdU incorporation, which is a colony-forming assay, FACS analysis, and cell counting. The results showed that ICAM-3 expression induces cancer cell proliferation. In addition, FAK, Akt, PDK1, GSK-3β, BAD, and PTEN were phosphorylated by ICAM-3-overexpression, resulting in enhanced cell proliferation. In conclusion, ICAM-3 expression induces cancer cell proliferation, and an increase in ICAM-3 expression can contribute to cancer progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalCancer letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jul 28


  • Human lung cancer
  • ICAM-3
  • MAPK
  • PI3K/Akt
  • Proliferation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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