Alteration on the expression of IL-1, PDGF, TGF-β, EGF, and FGF receptors and c-Fos and c-Myc proteins in bone marrow mesenchymal stroma cells from advanced untreated lung and breast cancer patients

Erica Leonor Hofer, Vincent La Russa, Alba Elizabeth Honegger, Eduardo Oscar Bullorsky, Raúl Horacio Bordenave, Norma Alejandra Chasseing

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Previously, we reported a deficient cloning capacity of the bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal stem cells to give colony-forming unit fibroblast (CFU-F) and an inefficient confluence capacity of BM stromal cells in advanced untreated lung cancer patients (LCP) and breast cancer patients (BCP). Moreover, a decreased level of bFGF at day 7 in the conditioned media from BM CFU-F cultures was found in both cancer groups when compared to the normal range. The current study was specially undertaken, to evaluate the percentage of subconfluent fibroblasts expressing receptors (R) of interleukin-1 (IL-1), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), transforming growth factor (TGF-β), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and the proteins c-Fos and c-Myc in BM primary cultures from untreated LCP and BCP. An immunocytochemical study on subconfluent BM fibroblast cultures from 13 healthy patients, 16 LCP, and 8 BCP was performed, using as primary antibodies, anti-type I of IL-1 R (IL-1R-1), anti-α, β chains of PDGF R (PDGFR-α, PDGFR-β), anti-type I of FGF R (FGFR-I), anti-type I, II, and III of TGF-β R (TGF-βR-I, TGF-βR-II, and TGF-βR-III), anti-EGF R, anti-c-Fos, and anti-c-Myc. A diminished percentage of subconfluent fibroblasts expressing PDGFR-α, TGFβR-I, II, III, EGFR, and FGFR-I was found in LCP and BCP compared to healthy patients. A diminished percentage of subconfluent fibroblasts expressing c-Fos and c-Myc was found in patients when compared to healthy patients. The alterations we describe could help to explain the deficiency regarding the proliferative and confluence capacity of BM stroma cells in cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-594
Number of pages8
JournalStem cells and development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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