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Estrogen-dependent regulation of Eg5 in breast cancer cells.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anti-Cancer Drugs
0959-4973
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
7
Pages
773–779
Identifiers
PMID: 17581299
Source
Medline

Abstract

HsEg5 (Eg5) is a kinesin required for proper execution of mitosis. Several compounds that specifically block Eg5 are in clinical development and have the potential to be used in the treatment of breast cancer. In this study, we investigated the interaction between Eg5 and estrogen receptor signaling. We observed decreased Eg5 expression after treatment of estrogen receptor-positive human breast cancer MCF-7 cells with the estrogen receptor downregulator fulvestrant. Downregulation of Eg5 expression in response to fulvestrant was also observed in another estrogen receptor-positive cell line ZR-75, but not in the estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer cell line MDA-231. Moreover, in MCF-7 cells previously arrested in the G0/G1 phase of the cell cycle by fulvestrant, addition of estrogen increased Eg5 expression. This upregulation correlated with progression through S-phase. Nevertheless, the effect of fulvestrant in Eg5 expression could not be explained solely by cell cycle arrest, because treatments that blocked cell cycle progression did not consistently decrease Eg5 expression. Pharmacological inhibition of Eg5 function, with either S-trityl-L-cysteine or monastrol, prevented growth of estrogen-treated MCF-7 cells with an IC50 of 0.46 and 29.71 micromol/l, respectively. Simultaneous inhibition of estrogen receptor function with fulvestrant increased the IC50 for S-trityl-L-cysteine to 2.30 micromol/l and for monastrol to 112.69 micromol/l. Our results suggest that pharmacological inhibition of Eg5 may be an effective treatment for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, even without concomitant hormonal therapy.

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