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Protein arginine methyltransferase 1 may be involved in pregnane x receptor-activated overexpression of multidrug resistance 1 gene during acquired multidrug resistant

Tingting Li, Ah-Ng Tony Kong, Zhiqiang Ma, Haiyan Liu, Pinghua Liu, Yu Xiao, Xuehua Jiang and Ling Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:20236-20248. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.7752

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Abstract

Tingting Li1,2, Ah-Ng Tony Kong3, Zhiqiang Ma2, Haiyan Liu2, Pinghua Liu2, Yu Xiao4, Xuehua Jiang1, Ling Wang1

1Key Laboratory of Drug Targeting and Drug Delivery System of Ministry of Education, West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China

2People’s Hospital of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Jinghong, Yunnan 666100, China

3Department of Pharmaceutics & Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA

4State Drug Clinical Trial Agency, Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital, Sichuan Academy of Medical Science, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065, China

Correspondence to:

Ling Wang, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: multidrug resistance, p-glycoprotein, protein arginine methyl transferase 1, pregnane X receptor

Received: August 16, 2015     Accepted: February 02, 2016     Published: February 26, 2016

ABSTRACT

Purpose: Pregnane x receptor (PXR) - activated overexpression of the multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1) gene is an important way for tumor cells to acquire drug resistance. However, the detailed mechanism still remains unclear. In the present study, we aimed to investigate whether protein arginine methyl transferase 1(PRMT1) is involved in PXR - activated overexpression of MDR1 during acquired multidrug resistant.

Experimental Design: Arginine methyltransferase inhibitor 1 (AMI-1) was used to pharmacologically block PRMT1 in resistant breast cancer cells (MCF7/adr). The mRNA and protein levels of MDR1 were detected by real-time PCR and western blotting analysis. Immunofluorescence microscopy and co-immunoprecipitation were used to investigate the physical interaction between PXR and PRMT1. Then, 136 candidate compounds were screened for PRMT1 inhibitors. Lastly, luciferase reporter gene and nude mice bearing resistant breast cancer xenografts were adopted to investigate the anti-tumor effect of PRMT1 inhibitors when combined with adriamycin.

Results: AMI-1 significantly suppressed the expression of MDR1 in MCF7/adr cells and increased cells sensitivity of MCF7/adr to adriamycin. Physical interaction between PRMT1 and PXR exists in MCF7/adr cells, which could be disrupted by AMI-1. Those results suggest that PRMT1 may be involved in PXR-activated overexpression of MDR1 in resistant breast cancer cells, and AMI-1 may suppress MDR1 by disrupting the interaction between PRMT1 and PXR. Then, five compounds including rutin, isoquercitrin, salvianolic acid A, naproxen, and felodipline were identified to be PRMT1 inhibitors. Finally, those PRMT1 inhibitors were observed to significantly decrease MDR1 promoter activity in vitro and enhance the antitumor effect of adriamycin in nude mice that bearing resistant breast cancer xenografts.

Conclusions: PRMT1 may be an important co-activator of PXR in activating MDR1 gene during acquired resistance, and PRMT1 inhibitor combined with chemotherapy drugs may be a new strategy for overcoming tumor MDR.


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