Background: A prothrombotic state is one of the hallmarks of advanced cancer. Results: B-Raf(V600E)-dependent thrombin release from metastatic melanoma signals focal adherens junction disassembly by triggering VE-cadherin phosphorylation and ubiquitination. Conclusion: Thrombin-mediated junction breakdown allows melanoma extravasation via a paracellular route. Significance: Targeting B-Raf(V600E)-mediated thrombin generation and endothelial barrier dysfunction may represent a novel therapeutic strategy to limit tumor metastasis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology