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Inflammatory factor TNF-α promotes the growth of breast cancer via the positive feedback loop of TNFR1/NF-κB (and/or p38)/p-STAT3/HBXIP/TNFR1

Xiaoli Cai, Can Cao, Jiong Li, Fuquan Chen, Shuqin Zhang, Bowen Liu, Weiying Zhang, Xiaodong Zhang and Lihong Ye _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:58338-58352. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16873

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Abstract

Xiaoli Cai1, Can Cao1, Jiong Li2, Fuquan Chen2, Shuqin Zhang2, Bowen Liu1, Weiying Zhang1, Xiaodong Zhang2 and Lihong Ye1

1State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology, Department of Biochemistry, College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China

2State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology, Department of Cancer Research, College of Life Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China

Correspondence to:

Lihong Ye, email: yelihong@nankai.edu.cn

Xiaodong Zhang, email: zhangxd@nankai.edu.cn

Weiying Zhang, email: zhwybao@nankai.edu.cn

Keywords: TNF-α, HBXIP, STAT3, growth, breast cancer

Received: November 01, 2016     Accepted: March 15, 2017     Published: April 06, 2017

ABSTRACT

In the connection between inflammation and cancer development, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) contributes to the tumorigenesis. However, the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. In this study, we report that TNF-α enhances the growth of breast cancer through up-regulation of oncoprotein hepatitis B X-interacting protein (HBXIP). Our data showed that the levels of TNF-α were positively related to those of HBXIP in clinical breast cancer tissues. Moreover, TNF-α could up-regulate HBXIP in breast cancer cells. Interestingly, silencing of TNF-α receptor 1 (TNFR1) blocked the effect of TNF-α on HBXIP. Mechanistically, we revealed that TNF-α could increase the activities of HBXIP promoter through activating transcriptional factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). In addition, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and/or p38 signaling increased the levels of p-STAT3 in the cells. Strikingly, HBXIP could also up-regulate TNFR1, forming a positive feedback loop of TNFR1/NF-κB (and/or p38)/p-STAT3/HBXIP/TNFR1. Notably, TNF-α was able to up-regulate TNFR1 through driving the loop. In function, we demonstrated that the knockdown of HBXIP remarkably abolished the growth of breast cancer mediated by TNF-α in vitro and in vivo. Thus, we conclude that TNF-α promotes the growth of breast cancer through the positive feedback loop of TNFR1/NF-κB (and/or p38)/p-STAT3/HBXIP/TNFR1.Our finding provides new insights into the mechanism by which TNF-α drives oncoprotein HBXIP in the development of breast cancer.


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