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Title: Growth factor pathways in development of endocrine resistance in human breast cancer cells
Author: Ray, Swagat
ISNI:       0000 0004 2687 6844
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2010
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Growth of MCF7 McGrath human breast cancer cells (MCF7) under conditions of longterm oestrogen deprivation results in loss of oestrogen dependence for growth (MCF7‐ED) and provides a model system to study the molecular basis of endocrine resistance in breast cancer. MCF7‐ED cells had higher levels of phosphorylated mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) than MCF7 cells. However, since a similar increase in phosphorylated MAPK was found in MCF7 cells within hours of insulin withdrawal from the medium, and as the growth rate of the MCF7‐ED cells in the absence of oestrogen was only marginally affected by the MAPK inhibitors PD98059 (2.5‐20μg/ml) and U0126 (2.5‐10μM), it would seem that raised levels of phosphorylated MAPK are a response to insulin withdrawal rather than a mechanism for enhanced basal growth. By contrast, although no difference in levels of phosphorylated‐Akt (Thr308/Ser473) were observed between MCF7 and MCF7‐ED cells, the growth rate of the MCF7‐ED cells in the absence of oestrogen was inhibited by the inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3‐kinase (PI3K), LY294002 (2.5‐10μM). The IGF1R inhibitor Picropodophyllin (PPP) also inhibited growth of the MCF7‐ED cells and decreased phosphorylation of Akt and p‐ 70S6K, a major downstream target of mTORC1. The mTORC1 inhibitor rapamycin could decrease the growth of stock MCF7‐ED cells but not MCF7 cells suggesting a mechanistic role of PI3K/Akt/mTORC1 in oestrogen independence. Combination of rapamycin (1nM) with LY294002 (2.5‐10μM) revealed greater growth inhibition of MCF7‐ED cells than when added alone which may be explained by blocking the negative feedback loop that exists between mTORC1/p‐70S6K and PI3K. Comparison with other cell models showed that long‐term oestrogen deprived T47D cells exhibited even greater sensitivity towards rapamycin alone or in combination with LY294002. In ZR‐75‐1 cells, however, rapamycin alone or in combination with LY294002 could inhibit growth of the oestrogen maintained as well as the oestrogen deprived cells. The above findings thus reinstate the emerging potential of combination therapy with mTOR and PI3K inhibitors in breast cancer.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: C130 Cell Biology