Bevacizumab Regulates Cancer Cell Migration by Activation of STAT3

  • Wu, Huan-Huan (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Zhang, Shuai (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Bian, Huan (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Li, Xiao-Xu (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Wang, Lin (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Pu, Yin-Fei (The Second Dental Center, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Wang, Yi-Xiang (Central Laboratory, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology) ;
  • Guo, Chuan-Bin (Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology)
  • Published : 2015.10.06


There are numerous clinical cases indicating that long-term use of bevacizumab may increase the invasiveness of tumors. However, to date, little is known about underlying molecular mechanisms. Therefore, the purpose of our study was to investigate effects of bevacizumab in four cancer cells lines (WSU-HN6, CAL27, Tca83, and HeLa). It was found to promote migration and invasion in the WSU-HN6 and Tca83 cases, while exerting inhibitory effects in CAL27 and HeLa cells. The signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3 inhibitors niclosamide and S3I-201 inhibited the STAT3 signal pathway, which is activated by bevacizumab. These inhibitors also substantially blocked bevacizumab-induced migration of WSU-HN6 and Tca83 cells. Bevacizumab upregulated interleukin (IL)-6 and phosphorylated (p)-STAT3 expression time-dependently. Therefore, we propose that bevacizumab has differential effects on the migration of different cancer cell lines and promotes migration via the IL-6/STAT3 signaling pathway.


Bevacizumab;STAT3;migration;pathway inhibition;interleukin-6


Supported by : National Nature Science Foundation of China


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