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Human renal adipose tissue from normal and tumor kidney: its influence on renal cell carcinoma

Flavia Alejandra Bruna, Leonardo Rafael Romeo, Fiorella Campo-Verde-Arbocco, David Contador, Silvina Gómez, Flavia Santiano, Corina Verónica Sasso, Leila Zyla, Constanza López-Fontana, Juan Carlos Calvo, Rubén Walter Carón and Virginia Pistone-Creydt _

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Oncotarget. 2019; 10:5454-5467. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.27157

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Flavia Alejandra Bruna1,2,7, Leonardo Rafael Romeo1,3, Fiorella Campo-Verde-Arbocco1, David Contador2, Silvina Gómez1, Flavia Santiano1, Corina Verónica Sasso1, Leila Zyla1, Constanza López-Fontana1, Juan Carlos Calvo4,5, Rubén Walter Carón1 and Virginia Pistone-Creydt1,6

1 Instituto de Medicina y Biología Experimental de Cuyo (IMBECU), Centro Científico y Tecnológico Mendoza, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Mendoza, Argentina

2 Centro de Medicina Regenerativa, Facultad de Medicina, Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

3 Departamento de Urología y Transplante Renal, Hospital Español de Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina

4 Instituto de Biología y Medicina Experimental (IBYME), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 Departamento de Química Biológica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

6 Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Departamento de Fisiología, Mendoza, Argentina

7 Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Facultad de Odontología, Mendoza, Argentina

Correspondence to:

Virginia Pistone-Creydt,email: [email protected]

Keywords: human renal adipose tissue; renal epithelial cells; cancer; epithelial-stromal interactions; migration

Received: February 07, 2019     Accepted: July 29, 2019     Published: September 10, 2019


Tumor cells can interact with neighboring adipose tissue. We evaluated components present in human adipose explants from normal (hRAN) and kidney cancer (hRAT) tissue, and we evaluated the effects of conditioned media (CMs) from hRAN and hRAT on proliferation, adhesion and migration of tumor and non-tumor human renal epithelial cell lines. In addition, we evaluated the expression of AdipoR1, ObR, CD44, vimentin, pERK and pPI3K on cell lines incubated with CMs. hRAN were obtained from healthy operated donors, and hRAT from patients who underwent a nephrectomy. hRAT showed increased levels of versican, leptin and ObR; and decreased levels of perilipin, adiponectin and AdipoR1, compared to hRAN. Cell lines showed a significant decrease in cell adhesion and increase in cell migration after incubation with hRAT-CMs vs. hRAN- or control-CMs. Surprisingly, HK-2, 786-O and ACHN cells showed a significant decrease in cell migration after incubation with hRAN-CMs vs. control-CMs. No difference in proliferation of cell lines was found after 24 or 48 h of treatment with CMs. AdipoR1 in ACHN and Caki-1 cells decreased significantly after incubation with hRAT-CMs vs. hRAN-CMs and control-CMs. ObR and CD44 increased in tumor line cells, and vimentin increased in non-tumor cells, after incubation with hRAT-CMs vs. hRAN-CMs and control-CMs. We observed an increase in the expression of pERK and pPI3K in HK-2, 786-O and ACHN, incubated with hRAT-CMs. In conclusion, results showed that adipose microenvironment can regulate the behavior of tumor and non tumor human renal epithelial cells.

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