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Leptin Promotes Expression Of Emt-Related Transcription Factors And Invasion In A Src And Fak-Dependent Pathway In Mcf10a Mammary Epithelial Cells, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Zuñiga-Eulogio, Arvey Tacuba-Saavedra, Magdalena Bueno-Salgado, Andrea Sánchez-Carvajal, Yovani Vargas-Santiago, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalán, Eduardo Pérez Salazar, Alejandra García-Hernández, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleón Navarro-Tito Aug 2019

Leptin Promotes Expression Of Emt-Related Transcription Factors And Invasion In A Src And Fak-Dependent Pathway In Mcf10a Mammary Epithelial Cells, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Zuñiga-Eulogio, Arvey Tacuba-Saavedra, Magdalena Bueno-Salgado, Andrea Sánchez-Carvajal, Yovani Vargas-Santiago, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalán, Eduardo Pérez Salazar, Alejandra García-Hernández, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleón Navarro-Tito

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Leptin is one of the main adipokines secreted in breast tissue, and has been associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and tumor progression in breast cancer. Leptin promotes EMT, cell migration and invasion in epithelial breast cells, leading to tumor progression. However, the molecular mechanism that underlies these events is not fully understood; however, the activation of different signaling pathways appears to be essential. In this sense, the effect of leptin on the activation of kinases like Src and FAK, which regulate signaling pathways that activate the EMT program, has not been completely described. Therefore, we investigated the involvement of these ...


Signaling Pathways Induced By Leptin During Epithelial(-)Mesenchymal Transition In Breast Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito Nov 2018

Signaling Pathways Induced By Leptin During Epithelial(-)Mesenchymal Transition In Breast Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Juan Carlos Juarez-Cruz, Miguel A. Mendoza-Catalan, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

Open Access Articles

Leptin is an adipokine that is overexpressed in obese and overweight people. Interestingly, women with breast cancer present high levels of leptin and of its receptor ObR. Leptin plays an important role in breast cancer progression due to the biological processes it participates in, such as epithelial(-)mesenchymal transition (EMT). EMT consists of a series of orchestrated events in which cell(-)cell and cell(-)extracellular matrix interactions are altered and lead to the release of epithelial cells from the surrounding tissue. The cytoskeleton is also re-arranged, allowing the three-dimensional movement of epithelial cells into the extracellular matrix. This transition provides ...


Deciphering The Roles Of Δnp63 In Regulating Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition, Cancer Progression And Metastasis, Ngoc Bui May 2018

Deciphering The Roles Of Δnp63 In Regulating Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition, Cancer Progression And Metastasis, Ngoc Bui

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

p63 is a member of the p53 family, a well-known tumor suppressor which is considered the guardian of the genome. The TP63 gene encodes multiple isoforms that can be categorized into two main isoforms, TAp63 and ΔNp63, which are expressed in different cellular compartments and have distinct functions in many biological processes. While the Flores laboratory identified TAp63 as a tumor and metastasis suppressor, the precise roles of ΔNp63 isoforms in tumorigenesis and metastasis remain elusive. ΔNp63 is the predominant p63 isoform expressed in the epidermis and plays essential roles in regulating epidermal development and homeostasis. Utilizing a ΔNp63-conditional ...


Trim24 As An Oncogene In The Mammary Gland, Aundrietta Duncan May 2018

Trim24 As An Oncogene In The Mammary Gland, Aundrietta Duncan

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Despite the many advances made in breast cancer research and treatments, breast cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases plaguing women worldwide. While many findings on genetic mutations and their role in predisposing people to breast cancer have been uncovered, we are just beginning to understand the extent to which epigenetic regulators promote tumorigenic phenotypes, metastasis, and chemotherapeutic resistance. Moreover, new experimental tools offer the ability to address questions we were previously unable to assess. My project takes advantage of a new mouse model to understand the role of a proto-oncogenic, transcriptional co-regulator, TRIM24, in mammary gland development and disease ...


Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition As A Predictor Of Response To Polo-Like Kinase 1 Inhibition-Induced Apoptosis In Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma, Pavitra Viswanath May 2018

Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition As A Predictor Of Response To Polo-Like Kinase 1 Inhibition-Induced Apoptosis In Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma, Pavitra Viswanath

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Outcomes are poor for patients with recurrent, advanced or metastatic NSCLC. Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1), involved in the regulation of mitotic processes and the response to DNA damage, is overexpressed in NSCLC. Inhibiting PLK1 may be an effective treatment for NSCLC patients as it is involved in the mechanisms of resistance to several chemotherapy drugs. PLK1 inhibition or knock-down has various effects in cancer cells, including mitotic arrest, apoptosis, and senescence. Predictive biomarkers have not been identified to select those patients who are likely to respond to ...


The Role Of The Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition (Emt) In Lung Cancer Progression, David H. Peng Aug 2017

The Role Of The Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition (Emt) In Lung Cancer Progression, David H. Peng

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths due to conventional therapy resistance and metastatic disease, therefore understanding the mechanisms governing these biological functions is vital for improving patient survival. Approximately 30% of patients with the adenocarcinoma histologic subset of lung cancer possess an activating KRAS mutation, characterized by a lack of response to chemotherapies with a poor overall 5-year survival rate. Despite the mutational frequency, KRAS remains a challenge to pharmacologically inhibit and current drugs undergoing clinical trials that target specific downstream effector proteins of KRAS, such as MEK inhibitors, have failed to produce significant clinical benefits. Previous ...


The Regulation Of Snail: On The Ubiquitin Edge, Qian Yu, Binhua P. Zhou, Yadi Wu Jul 2017

The Regulation Of Snail: On The Ubiquitin Edge, Qian Yu, Binhua P. Zhou, Yadi Wu

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences Faculty Publications

Metastasis accounts for a majority of cancer death. One key feature during metastasis is epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), which is regulated by transcription factors such as Snail and Twist. In non-malignant cells, Snail has a short half-life and is degraded via ubiquitination, but its stability is increased in cancer cell. However, the mechanism by which Snail escapes ubiquitination and degradation remains unknown. Recently, we found that Dub3 is a deubiquinase of Snail. Most importantly, we determined that Dub3 responded to extracellular signals such as IL-6, and that the resultant signaling prevented Snail degradation, and promoted cancer growth, invasion, and migration. In ...


The Role Of Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding Protein -2 (Cpeb-2) In Human Breast Cancer, Joshua Tordjman Jun 2017

The Role Of Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding Protein -2 (Cpeb-2) In Human Breast Cancer, Joshua Tordjman

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is overexpressed in 40-50% of breast cancers, and promotes tumour progression through increased proliferation, migration, invasion, Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), and induction of therapy-resistant Stem-Like-Cells (SLCs). COX-2 stimulates expression of two oncogenic and SLC-promoting microRNAs (miR-526b, miR-655), which simultaneously target one gene, Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding Protein-2 (CPEB-2). Hypothesis: CPEB-2 is a tumour- and SLC-suppressing gene in breast cancer. Results: CPEB-2 knockout in a non-tumourigenic mammary epithelial cell line MCF10A demonstrated increases in proliferation, migration, invasion, EMT markers, SLC content, and VEGF-D expression. CPEB-2, an mRNA-binding translation-regulating protein, was found to regulate the translation of tumour suppressor p53. When ...


A Review Of The Signal Transduction Pathways Involved In Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Induced In Breast Cancer Metastasis And Their Cross-Talks, Kasey Cervantes '17 May 2017

A Review Of The Signal Transduction Pathways Involved In Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition Induced In Breast Cancer Metastasis And Their Cross-Talks, Kasey Cervantes '17

Independent Study

Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) is a biological process utilized by epithelial cells to transform into motile mesenchymal cells, initiating metastasis in cancer. EMT is also utilized during development and wound healing [10]. This process allows for cancerous cells to detach themselves from their primary tumor and invade normal tissue in preferred organ sites, forming secondary tumors called metastases. Metastasis is very important in the progression of cancer in patients as it the process responsible for the mortality of patients through the collection of metastases that effect vital organs like the brain, lung, or immune system. The most common metastases for malignant ...


Non-Coding Rnas Identify The Intrinsic Molecular Subtypes Of Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer, Andrea E. Ochoa May 2017

Non-Coding Rnas Identify The Intrinsic Molecular Subtypes Of Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer, Andrea E. Ochoa

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

NON-CODING RNAS IDENTIFY THE INTRINSIC MOLECULAR SUBTYPES OF MUSCLE-INVASIVE BLADDER CANCER

Andrea Elizabeth Ochoa, B.S.

Advisory Professors: David J. McConkey, Ph.D. and Joya Chandra, Ph.D.

There has been a recent explosion of genomics data in muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) to better understand the underlying biology of the disease that leads to the high amount of heterogeneity that is seen clinically. These studies have identified relatively stable intrinsic molecular subtypes of MIBC that show similarities to the basal and luminal subtypes of breast cancer. However, previous studies have primarily focused on protein-coding genes or DNA mutations/alterations.

There ...


Runx1 And Breast Cancer, Jose Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Leslie M. Shaw Apr 2017

Runx1 And Breast Cancer, Jose Mercado-Matos, Asia N. Matthew-Onabanjo, Leslie M. Shaw

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

News on: Runx1 stabilizes the mammary epithelial cell phenotype and prevents epithelial to mesenchymal transition, by Hong et al. Oncotarget. 2017; 8:17610-27. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.15381.


Investigating The Roles Of Δnp63 As A Suppressor Of Migration, Invasion, And Metastasis, Ramon E. Flores Gonzalez Aug 2016

Investigating The Roles Of Δnp63 As A Suppressor Of Migration, Invasion, And Metastasis, Ramon E. Flores Gonzalez

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the world. Considerable resources are spent to study and understand cancer, with the hope of developing new treatments and eventually cures that will help millions of people. Efforts to understand cancer are hindered by its inherent complexity and instability. Nonetheless, understanding the basics of tumor development and progression are the key to focused on studying the role of ΔNp63 in cancer, a p53 family member known to be involved in epithelial development, microRNA biogenesis, and stem cell maintenance. Using the strength of in vivo mouse models, we found ...


Role Of Cell Type And Genetic Alterations In Driving Breast Cancer Pathogenesis, Divya Bhagirath May 2016

Role Of Cell Type And Genetic Alterations In Driving Breast Cancer Pathogenesis, Divya Bhagirath

Theses & Dissertations

Breast cancer is the second most leading cause of death among women in the United States. Several environmental and genetic factors contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease. It is classified into different subtypes based on expression of certain markers as well as that of set of genes that define the disease progression and associated mortality. Identification of various subtypes namely: Luminal-like (Luminal-A, Luminal-B), ErbB2 over-expressing, Basal-like and Claudin low types, showed an association of survival outcomes with that of the corresponding gene expression signatures, thus paving a way for therapeutic intervention. It further emphasizes the importance of nature of ...


Trim24 Orchestrates Metabolic Reprogramming And Emt In Breast Cancer, Kaushik Thakkar May 2016

Trim24 Orchestrates Metabolic Reprogramming And Emt In Breast Cancer, Kaushik Thakkar

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

In this dissertation, I report the oncogenic functions of an epigenetic regulator Tripartite Motif Protein 24 (TRIM24) coupled with metabolic reprogramming and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in breast cancer. TRIM24 was first established by our laboratory as a previously unknown negative regulator of p53 via its RING domain, as a co-regulator of nuclear receptors and a PHD/Bromodomain reader of specific histone modifications. TRIM24 expression correlates with poor prognosis of breast cancer, but the mechanisms of TRIM24-mediated oncogenesis are unknown. In the first part of my thesis, I found that TRIM24 is aberrantly expressed in early stages of breast cancer ...


Exploring The Regulation And Function Of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Plasticity In Ovarian Cancer Spheroids, Samah Rafehi Apr 2016

Exploring The Regulation And Function Of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Plasticity In Ovarian Cancer Spheroids, Samah Rafehi

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) serves as a key mechanism driving tumour cell migration, invasion, and metastasis in many carcinomas. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) signalling is implicated in several steps during cancer pathogenesis and acts as a classical inducer of EMT. Since epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) cells have the potential to switch between epithelial and mesenchymal states during metastasis, we predicted that modulation of TGFβ signalling would significantly impact EMT and the malignant potential of EOC spheroid cells. Ovarian cancer patient ascites-derived cells naturally underwent an EMT response when aggregating into spheroids, and this was reversed upon spheroid re-attachment to a substratum ...


Autocrine Epiregulin Activates Egfr Pathway For Lung Metastasis Via Emt In Salivary Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Shuli Liu, Dongxia Ye, Dongliang Xu, Yueling Liao, Ling Zhang, Liu Liu, Wenwen Yu, Yanan Wang, Yue He, Jingzhou Hu, Wenzheng Guo, Tong Wang, Beibei Sun, Hongyong Song, Huijing Yin, Jingyi Liu, Yadi Wu, Hanguang Zhu, Binhua P. Zhou, Jiong Deng, Zhiyuan Zhang Mar 2016

Autocrine Epiregulin Activates Egfr Pathway For Lung Metastasis Via Emt In Salivary Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Shuli Liu, Dongxia Ye, Dongliang Xu, Yueling Liao, Ling Zhang, Liu Liu, Wenwen Yu, Yanan Wang, Yue He, Jingzhou Hu, Wenzheng Guo, Tong Wang, Beibei Sun, Hongyong Song, Huijing Yin, Jingyi Liu, Yadi Wu, Hanguang Zhu, Binhua P. Zhou, Jiong Deng, Zhiyuan Zhang

Markey Cancer Center Faculty Publications

Salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC) is characterized by invasive local growth and a high incidence of lung metastasis. Patients with lung metastasis have a poor prognosis. Treatment of metastatic SACC has been unsuccessful, largely due to a lack of specific targets for the metastatic cells. In this study, we showed that epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFR) were constitutively activated in metastatic lung subtypes of SACC cells, and that this activation was induced by autocrine expression of epiregulin (EREG), a ligand of EGFR. Autocrine EREG expression was increased in metastatic SACC-LM cells compared to that in non-metastatic parental SACC cells. Importantly ...


Microrna-200 Regulates Ecm-Dependent Β1-Integrin/Fak Signaling And Cancer Cell Invasion, Christin Ungewiss May 2015

Microrna-200 Regulates Ecm-Dependent Β1-Integrin/Fak Signaling And Cancer Cell Invasion, Christin Ungewiss

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

The microRNA-200 family is known to be a master regulator of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, partially through its double-negative feedback loop with the transcriptional repressor Zeb1, yet the mechanisms on how miR-200 controls the invasive phenotype are not fully understood. Recent studies have shown that the miR-200/Zeb1 axis regulates cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, but it has also been demonstrated that cell-intrinsic changes are insufficient to drive cancer cell invasion, leading us to focus on specific cell-matrix interactions required to activate tumor cell invasion and metastases. We have shown through 3D studies that the Integrin β1-collagen I contact is critical in ...


Targeting Cox-2 And Rank In Aggressive Breast Cancers: Inflammatory Breast Cancer And Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Monica Elizabeth Reyes Dec 2014

Targeting Cox-2 And Rank In Aggressive Breast Cancers: Inflammatory Breast Cancer And Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, Monica Elizabeth Reyes

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) are two highly aggressive breast cancer subtypes associated with a poor outcome. Despite sensitivity to current treatment, these breast cancers subtypes have a high recurrence rate and proclivity to metastasize early. The aggressiveness of IBC and TNBC have been linked to CSCs and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), which are critical features of breast cancer progression and metastasis. The clinical challenge faced in the treatment of IBC and TNBC is finding a treatment strategy to target the cancer stem-like (CSC) population to block metastasis. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and receptor activator of nuclear ...


The P63 Isoform ∆Np63Α Inhibits Epithelial – Mesenchymal Transition By Promoting The Expression Of Mir-205 In Human Bladder Cancer Cells, Mai Tran May 2013

The P63 Isoform ∆Np63Α Inhibits Epithelial – Mesenchymal Transition By Promoting The Expression Of Mir-205 In Human Bladder Cancer Cells, Mai Tran

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

p63, a p53 family member, is a transcription factor that has complex roles in cancer. This study focuses on the role of the ∆Np63α isoform in bladder cancer (BC). Epithelial – mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a physiological process that plays an important part in metastasis and drug resistance. At the molecular level, EMT is characterized by the loss of the epithelial marker E-cadherin, and the acquisition of the transcriptional repressors of E-cadherin (ZEB1, ZEB2, TWIST, SNAI1 and SNAI2). Recent publications highlight the role of microRNAs belonging to the miR-200 family and miR-205 in preventing EMT through suppression of ZEB1 and ZEB2 ...


The Embryonic Protein Nodal Supports Metastatic Phenotypes In Breast Cancer, Daniela F. Quail Jun 2012

The Embryonic Protein Nodal Supports Metastatic Phenotypes In Breast Cancer, Daniela F. Quail

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Metastasis is the process by which tumour cells disseminate to distant organ sites. Aberrant expression of stem cell-associated proteins within tumours is associated with metastasis and poor patient prognosis. One example of a stem cell factor that is associated with cancer progression is Nodal, a member of the TGF-β superfamily. Nodal is normally limited to pluripotent stem cells during embryonic development, and to specialized dynamic adult tissue (such as the cycling endometrium), but is aberrantly re-expressed in multiple cancer types, including melanoma, glioma, prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer. The central objective of this thesis is to determine the role of ...


Nherf1 – New Modifier Of Colorectal Cancer Progression, Yuho Hayashi Aug 2010

Nherf1 – New Modifier Of Colorectal Cancer Progression, Yuho Hayashi

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Colorectal cancer (CRC) develops from multiple progressive modifications of normal intestinal epithelium into adenocarcinoma. Loss of cell polarity has been implicated as an early event in this process, but the molecular players involved are not well known. NHERF1 (Na+/H+ Exchanger Regulatory Factor 1) is an adaptor protein with apical membrane localization in polarized epithelia. In this study, we tested our hypothesis that NHERF1 plays a role in CRC. We examined surgical CRC resection specimens for changes in NHERF1 expression, and modeled these changes in two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) Caco-2 CRC cell systems. NHERF1 had significant alterations from ...