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Nerve growth factor receptor increases the tumor growth and metastatic potential of triple-negative breast cancer cells
Wu, Renfei; Li, Koukou; Yuan, Mingheng; Luo, Kathy Qian
2021-03-25
Source PublicationOncogene
ISSN0950-9232
Volume40Issue:12Pages:2165-2181
Abstract

Cellular heterogeneity and the lack of metastatic biomarkers limit the diagnosis of and development of therapies for metastatic triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Thus, development of new clinically relevant markers is urgently needed. By using RNA-seq analysis, we found that nerve growth factor receptor (NGFR) was highly expressed in metastatic lung clones of MDA-MB-231 cells. This high level of NGFR expression was necessary for TNBC cells to grow into tumor spheres under nonadhesive conditions, resist anoikis, promote primary tumor growth and increase metastasis in mice. NGFR was also expressed at a high level in a greater number of TNBC patients (45%) than non-TNBC patients (23%), enriched in higher grade tumors, and negatively correlated with the overall survival of TNBC patients. Mechanistic analysis indicated that NGFR exerted its prometastatic effects by binding with neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase 3 (TrkC) mainly through a ligand-independent manner, which activated the MEK–ERK1–ZEB1 and PI3K–AKT signaling pathways, increased the level of fibronectin, and decreased the expression of PUMA. Notably, we observed that NGFR expression in TrkC-positive metastatic clones reduced cellular sensitivity to anti-Trk therapy. Moreover, WNT family member 5a (WNT5A) and TrkC activated NGFR transcription in a ZEB1-dependent manner. Taken together, this study identified NGFR as a novel driver for transforming TNBC into higher grade metastatic tumors. Our findings provide the basis for the future development of NGFR as a diagnostic and prognostic marker for determining the metastatic potential of TNBC and as a therapeutic target for treating TNBC patients.

DOI10.1038/s41388-021-01691-y
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Indexed BySCIE
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaBiochemistry & Molecular Biology ; Oncology ; Cell Biology ; Genetics & Heredity
WOS SubjectBiochemistry & Molecular Biology ; Oncology ; Cell Biology ; Genetics & Heredity
WOS IDWOS:000621289100002
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85101751763
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorLuo, Kathy Qian
AffiliationFaculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences
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Wu, Renfei,Li, Koukou,Yuan, Mingheng,et al. Nerve growth factor receptor increases the tumor growth and metastatic potential of triple-negative breast cancer cells[J]. Oncogene,2021,40(12):2165-2181.
APA Wu, Renfei,Li, Koukou,Yuan, Mingheng,&Luo, Kathy Qian.(2021).Nerve growth factor receptor increases the tumor growth and metastatic potential of triple-negative breast cancer cells.Oncogene,40(12),2165-2181.
MLA Wu, Renfei,et al."Nerve growth factor receptor increases the tumor growth and metastatic potential of triple-negative breast cancer cells".Oncogene 40.12(2021):2165-2181.
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