Mitochondrial “power” drives tamoxifen resistance : NQO1 and GCLC are new therapeutic targets in breast cancer

Fiorillo, M, Sotgia, F ORCID:, Sisci, D, Cappello, AR and Lisanti, MP ORCID: 2017, 'Mitochondrial “power” drives tamoxifen resistance : NQO1 and GCLC are new therapeutic targets in breast cancer' , Oncotarget, 2017 (8) , pp. 20309-20327.

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Here, we identified two new molecular targets, which are functionally sufficient to metabolically confer the tamoxifen-resistance phenotype in human breast cancer cells. Briefly, ~20 proteins were first selected as potential candidates, based on unbiased proteomics analysis, using tamoxifen-resistant cell lines. Then, the cDNAs of the most promising candidates were systematically transduced into MCF-7 cells. Remarkably, NQO1 and GCLC were both functionally sufficient to autonomously confer a tamoxifen-resistant metabolic phenotype, characterized by i) increased mitochondrial biogenesis, ii) increased ATP production and iii) reduced glutathione levels. Thus, we speculate that pharmacological inhibition of NQO1 and GCLC may be new therapeutic strategies for overcoming tamoxifen-resistance in breast cancer patients. In direct support of this notion, we demonstrate that treatment with a known NQO1 inhibitor (dicoumarol) is indeed sufficient to revert the tamoxifenresistance phenotype. As such, these findings could have important translational significance for the prevention of tumor recurrence in ER(+) breast cancers, which is due to an endocrine resistance phenotype. Importantly, we also show here that NQO1 has significant prognostic value as a biomarker for the prediction of tumor recurrence. More specifically, higher levels of NQO1 mRNA strongly predict patient relapse in high-risk ER(+) breast cancer patients receiving endocrine therapy (mostly tamoxifen; H.R. > 2.15; p = 0.007).

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Biomedical Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Oncotarget
Publisher: Impact Journals
ISSN: 1949-2553
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Depositing User: F Sotgia
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 14:57
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:52

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