Oncogenic transformation of mammary epithelial cells by transforming growth factor beta independent of mammary stem cell regulation.

TitleOncogenic transformation of mammary epithelial cells by transforming growth factor beta independent of mammary stem cell regulation.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDunphy KA, Seo J-H, Kim DJ, Roberts AL, Tao L, Direnzo J, Balboni AL, Crisi GM, Hagen MJ, Chandrasekaran T, Gauger KJ, Schneider SS, Jerry JD
JournalCancer Cell Int
Volume13
Issue1
Pagination74
Date Published2013 Jul 25
ISSN1475-2867
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) is transiently increased in the mammary gland during involution and by radiation. While TGFbeta normally has a tumour suppressor role, prolonged exposure to TGFbeta can induce an oncogenic epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) program in permissive cells and initiate the generation of cancer stem cells. Our objective is to mimic the transient exposure to TGFbeta during involution to determine the persistent effects on premalignant mammary epithelium. METHOD: CDbetaGeo cells, a transplantable mouse mammary epithelial cell line, were treated in vitro for 14 days with TGFbeta (5 ng/ml). The cells were passaged for an additional 14 days in media without TGFbeta and then assessed for markers of EMT and transformation. RESULTS: The 14-day exposure to TGFbeta induced EMT and transdifferentiation in vitro that persists after withdrawal of TGFbeta. TGFbeta-treated cells are highly tumorigenic in vivo, producing invasive solid de-differentiated tumours (100%; latency 6.7 weeks) compared to control (43%; latency 32.7 weeks). Although the TGFbeta-treated cells have initiated a persistent EMT program, the stem cell population was unchanged relative to the controls. The gene expression profiles of TGFbeta-treated cells demonstrate de-differentiation with decreases in the expression of genes that define luminal, basal and stem cells. Additionally, the gene expression profiles demonstrate increases in markers of EMT, growth factor signalling, TGFbeta2 and changes in extra cellular matrix. CONCLUSION: This model demonstrates full oncogenic EMT without an increase in stem cells, serving to separate EMT markers from stem cell markers.

DOI10.1186/1475-2867-13-74
Alternate JournalCancer Cell Int.
PubMed ID23883065