Effects of Steroid Hormones and Peptide Growth Factors on Protooncogene c-fos Expression in Human Breast Cancer Cells

George Wilding, Marc E. Lippman, Edward P. Gelmann

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Abstract

To investigate if the estrogen control of the tumorigenic phenotype of breast cancer cells was mediated through activation of the c-fos protooncogene, we examined the expression of this oncogene in MCF-7 cells. In cells synchronized by double thymidine blockade, the peptide growth factors transforming growth factor α and epidermal growth factor increased c-fos mRNA levels 6-fold above controls after 30 min of treatment. The phorbol ester, 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate, increased c-fos mRNA levels to 4- to 5-fold above control. 17β-Estradiol, a growth stimulator, increased c-fos mRNA levels less than 2-fold above control levels, while progesterone, vitamin D3, dihydrotestosterone, and dexamethasone had little effect on c-fos mRNA levels. In contrast, 17β-estradiol treatment initially diminished the c-myc RNA level after 30 min of treatment and resulted in an elevation of c-myc by 2.5 h after initiation of treatment. We conclude that c-fos induction in these cells is growth related and accompanies stimulation by transforming growth factor α and epidermal growth factor. 17β-Estradiol, on the other hand, induced much smaller increases in c-fos mRNA levels, suggesting an alternative or more complex mechanism of cellular stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)802-805
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Research
Volume48
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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