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Journal of OsteoporosisVolume 2012 2012, Article ID 637863, 10 pages

Review ArticleDepartment of Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Section of General Pathology, University of Ferrara, Via Borsari 46, 44121 Ferrara, Italy

Received 14 May 2012; Revised 23 July 2012; Accepted 25 July 2012

Academic Editor: Isabel Orriss

Copyright © 2012 Elena Adinolfi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Modulation of tumor microenvironment by different mediators is central in determining neoplastic formation and progression. Among these molecules extracellular ATP is emerging as a good candidate in promoting cell growth, neovascularization, tumor-host interactions, and metastatization. This paper summarizes recent findings on expression and function of P2X7 receptor for extracellular ATP in primary and metastatic bone cancers. Search of mRNA expression microchip databases and literature analysis demonstrate a high expression of P2X7 in primary bone tumors as well as in other malignancies such as multiple myeloma, neuroblastoma, breast, and prostate cancer. Evidence that P2X7 triggers NFATc1, PI3K-Akt, ROCK, and VEGF pathways in osteoblasts promoting either primary tumor development or osteoblastic lesions is also reported. Moreover, P2X7 receptor is involved in osteoclast differentiation, RANKL expression, matrix metalloproteases and cathepsin secretion thus promoting bone resorption and osteolytic lesions. Taken together these data point to a pivotal role for the P2X7 receptor in bone cancer biology.

Autor: Elena Adinolfi, Francesca Amoroso, and Anna Lisa Giuliani

Fuente: https://www.hindawi.com/


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