[Relation between c-erbB1, c-erbB2, MAPK expression and resistance to tamoxifen in breast cancer cells in vitro]

Qing-yuan Zhang, Wen-hui Zhao, Xin-mei Kang
Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology] 2006, 28 (11): 826-30

OBJECTIVE: To study the growth regulation pathway and the mechanism of acquired resistance to tamoxifen (TAM) in breast cancer cells.

METHODS: TAM was used to induce wild-type MCF-7 human breast cancer cell line and establish a tamoxifen-resistant (TAM-R) cell line. RT-PCR, Western blot and immuocytochemical techniques were used to detect and compare mRNA and protein of c-erbB1, cerbB2, c-erbB3, c-erbB4 in wild-type MCF-7 and TAM-R MCF-7 cell lines.

RESULTS: Compared with wild-type MCF-7 cells, the mRNA of c-erbB1 increased 6 times (P < 0.05) and the protein 3 times higher (P < 0.05), and the mRNA of c-erbB2 increased 3 times (P < 0.05) and the protein 1.5 times higher (P < 0.05) in TAM-R MCF-7 cells. However, comparable levels of c-erbB3 mRNA and protein were expressed in both cell lines. c-erbB4 could not be detected. Under basic conditions, phosphorylated c-erbB1/c-erbB2 and c-erbB1/c-erbB3 heterodimers but not c-erbB2/c-erbB3 receptor heterodimers were detected in TAM-R cells in association with increased level of phosphorylated MAPK.

CONCLUSION: Our findings demonstrated that the development of TAM-resistance in MCF-7 cells is related with the autocrine release and action of an c-erbB1-specific ligand inducing preferential c-erbB1/c-erbB2 dimerization and downstream activation of the MAPK pathway.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"