SIRT1 induces tumor invasion by targeting epithelial mesenchymal transition-related pathway and is a prognostic marker in triple negative breast cancer
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Absence of therapeutic targets poses a critical hurdle in improving prognosis for patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). We evaluated interaction between SIRT1 and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT)-associated proteins as well as the role of combined protein expression as a predictor of lymph node metastasis and clinical outcome in TNBC through in vivo and vitro studies. Three hundred nineteen patients diagnosed with TNBC were chosen, immunohistochemical staining for SIRT1 and EMT-related markers’ expression was performed on tissue microarrays, and in vitro experiments with each of the three human TNBC cell lines were carried out. The cohort was reclassified according to the use of adjuvant chemotherapy, tumor size, and AJCC stage to analyze the prognostic role of SIRT1 and EMT-related proteins’ expression considering different therapeutic modalities and AJCC stages. Combination of four proteins including SIRT1 and three EMT-related proteins was revealed to be a statistically significant independent predictor of lymph node metastasis in the tumor size cohort as well as in the total patient population. Upon Cox regression analysis, increased expression level of the combined proteins correlated with decreased disease-free survival in the total patients as well as those who received adjuvant chemotherapy and those who had early stage breast cancer. In additional in vitro experiments, inhibition of SIRT1 expression with small interfering RNA (siRNA) suppressed tumor invasion in three different TNBC cell lines, and altered expression levels of EMT-related proteins following SIRT1 gene inhibition were identified on western blotting and fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis; on the other hand, no change in expression levels of the cell cycle-related factors was observed. Our analysis showed the potential role of SIRT1 in association with EMT-related factors on tumor invasion, metastasis, and disease-free survival in TNBC, SIRT1, and associated EMT-related markers may offer a new prognostic indicator as well as a novel therapeutic candidate.
KeywordsTriple negative breast cancer SIRT1 Epithelial mesenchymal transition Metastasis Invasion Disease-free survival
This study was supported by Grant No. 03-2014-0380 from Seoul National University Hospital Research Fund and by a research grant from Jeju National University Hospital in 2013–15.
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