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MiR-155-mediated loss of C/EBP beta shifts the TGF-beta response from growth inhibition to epithelial-mesenchymal transition, invasion and metastasis in breast cancer
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2013 (English)In: Oncogene, ISSN 0950-9232, E-ISSN 1476-5594, Vol. 32, no 50, 5614-5624 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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During breast cancer progression, transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) switches from acting as a growth inhibitor to become a major promoter of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), invasion and metastasis. However, the mechanisms involved in this switch are not clear. We found that loss of CCAAT-enhancer binding protein beta (C/EBP beta), a differentiation factor for the mammary epithelium, was associated with signs of EMT in triple-negative human breast cancer, and in invasive areas of mammary tumors in MMTV-PyMT mice. Using an established model of TGF-beta-induced EMT in mouse mammary gland epithelial cells, we discovered that C/EBP beta was repressed during EMT by miR-155, an oncomiR in breast cancer. Depletion of C/EBP beta potentiated the TGF-beta response towards EMT, and contributed to evasion of the growth inhibitory response to TGF-beta. Furthermore, loss of C/EBP beta enhanced invasion and metastatic dissemination of the mouse mammary tumor cells to the lungs after subcutaneous injection into mice. The mechanism by which loss of C/EBP beta promoted the TGF-beta response towards EMT, invasion and metastasis, was traced to a previously uncharacterized role of C/EBP beta as a transcriptional activator of genes encoding the epithelial junction proteins E-cadherin and coxsackie virus and adenovirus receptor. The results identify miR-155-mediated loss of C/EBP beta as a mechanism, which promotes breast cancer progression by shifting the TGF-beta response from growth inhibition to EMT, invasion and metastasis.

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Nature Publishing Group, 2013. Vol. 32, no 50, 5614-5624 p.
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CCAAT-enhancer binding protein beta, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, transforming growth factor-beta, Breast cancer, metastasis
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cancer and Oncology Cell and Molecular Biology Medical Genetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-85551DOI: 10.1038/onc.2013.322ISI: 000328461400006OAI: diva2:694733
Swedish Research CouncilSwedish Cancer Society
Available from: 2014-02-07 Created: 2014-02-06 Last updated: 2014-02-07Bibliographically approved

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