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NF-kappaB Regulates Redox Status in Breast Cancer Subtypes

  • pires, bruno
  • binato, renata
  • ferreira, gerson
  • cecchini, rubens
  • panis, carolina
  • abdelhay, eliana
Publication Date
Jun 26, 2018
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Oxidative stress (OS) is an indispensable condition to ensure genomic instability in cancer cells. In breast cancer (BC), redox alterations have been widely characterized, but since this process results from a chain of inflammatory events, the causal molecular triggers remain to be identified. In this context, we used a microarray approach to investigate the role of the main pro-oxidant transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), in gene profiles of BC subtypes. Our results showed that NF-κB knockdown in distinct BC subtypes led to differential expression of relevant factors involved in glutathione metabolism, prostaglandins, cytochrome P450 and cyclooxygenase, suggesting a relationship between the redox balance and NF-κB in such cells. In addition, we performed biochemical analyses to validate the microarray dataset focusing on OS and correlated these parameters with normal expression or NF-κB inhibition. Our data showed a distinct oxidative status pattern for each of the three studied BC subtype models, consistent with the intrinsic characteristics of each BC subtype. Thus, our findings suggest that NF-κB may represent an additional mechanism related to OS maintenance in BC, operating in various forms to mediate other important predominant signaling components of each BC subtype.

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