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TLR signaling inhibitor, phenylmethimazole, in combination with tamoxifen inhibits human breast cancer cell viability and migration

Anthony L. Schwartz, Eric Dickerson, Nilesh Dagia, Ramiro Malgor and Kelly D. McCall _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:113295-113302. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10358

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Abstract

Anthony L. Schwartz1, Eric Dickerson2, Nilesh Dagia3, Ramiro Malgor2 and Kelly D. McCall4

1Athencion Biotechnology Corporation, Suite 100, Marietta, OH 45750, USA

2Department of Biomedical Sciences, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, Diabetes Research Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA

3Oxygen Healthcare Research Pvt. Ltd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 382213, India

4Department of Specialty Medicine, Appalachian Rural Health Institute, Diabetes Research Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA

Correspondence to:

Kelly D. McCall, email: mccallk@ohio.edu

Keywords: breast cancer, toll-like receptors, cytokines, tamoxifen, chemotherapy

Received: December 01, 2015    Accepted: May 28, 2016    Published: July 01, 2016

ABSTRACT

Heightened co-expression and dysregulated signaling associated with Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and Wnt5a is an integral component of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Our previous findings in pancreatic cancer and melanoma suggest that inhibition of these pathways by a TLR3 signaling inhibitor, phenylmethimazole (C10), results in significantly decreased IL-6 levels, STAT3 phosphorylation, minimal cancer cell migration and reduced cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we extended our earlier observations by performing studies in human breast cancer cells. We found that human MCF-7 breast cancer cells express high basal levels of TLR3 and Wnt5a RNA. C10 treatment resulted in significantly decreased TLR3 and Wnt5a expression levels. This functionally translated into significantly reduced IL-6 levels and STAT3 phosphorylation in vitro. In addition, the inhibition of this signaling cascade by C10 further resulted in decreased cell viability and migration of MCF-7 cells. Strikingly, the combination of C10 and tamoxifen, the standard of care therapy for breast cancer, further decrease cancer cell growth better than either agent alone. These data support the novel finding that inhibition of TLR3 signaling in combination with tamoxifen, may increase the effectiveness of current treatments of breast cancer.


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