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Mar Drugs ; 18(4)2020 Apr 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32295082


Breast cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer among women. Higher consumption of dietary marine n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two n-3 LC-PUFAs found in fish and exert anticancer effects. In this study, natural marine- derived lecithin that is rich in various polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) was extracted from salmon heads and transformed into nanoliposomes. These nanoliposomes were characterized and cultured with two breast cancer lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB- 231). The nanoliposomes decreased the proliferation and the stiffness of both cancer cell types. These results suggest that marine-derived lecithin possesses anticancer properties, which may have an impact on developing new liposomal delivery strategies for breast cancer treatment.

J Invest Dermatol ; 2020 Mar 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32169475


Netherton syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive skin disease caused by loss-of-function mutations in SPINK5 encoding LEKTI protein that results in unopposed activity of epidermal kallikrein-related peptidases (KLKs), mainly KLK5, KLK7, and KLK14. Although the function of KLK5 and KLK7 has been previously studied, the role of KLK14 in skin homeostasis and its contribution to Netherton syndrome pathogenesis remains unknown. We generated a transgenic murine model overexpressing human KLK14 (TghKLK14) in stratum granulosum. TghKLK14 mice revealed increased proteolytic activity in the granular layers and in hair follicles. Their hair did not grow and displayed major defects with hyperplastic hair follicles when hKLK14 was overexpressed. TghKLK14 mice displayed abnormal epidermal hyperproliferation and differentiation. Ultrastructural analysis revealed cell separation in the hair cortex and increased thickness of Huxley's layer. Desmoglein (Dsg) 2 staining was increased, whereas Dsg3 and Dsg4 were markedly reduced. In vitro studies showed that hKLK14 directly cleaves recombinant human DSG3 and recombinant human DSG4, suggesting that their degradation contributes to hair abnormalities. Their skin showed an inflammatory signature, with enhanced expression of IL-36 family members and their downstream targets involved in innate immunity. This in vivo study identifies KLK14 as an important contributor to hair abnormalities and skin inflammation seen in Netherton syndrome.

Nanoscale ; 8(9): 5268-79, 2016 Mar 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26879405


DDB2, known for its role in DNA repair, was recently shown to reduce mammary tumor invasiveness by inducing the transcription of IκBα, an inhibitor of NF-κB activity. Since cellular adhesion is a key event during the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) leading to the invasive capacities of breast tumor cells, the aim of this study was to investigate the role of DDB2 in this process. Thus, using low and high DDB2-expressing MDA-MB231 and MCF7 cells, respectively, in which DDB2 expression was modulated experimentally, we showed that DDB2 overexpression was associated with a decrease of adhesion abilities on glass and plastic areas of breast cancer cells. Then, we investigated cell nanomechanical properties by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Our results revealed significant changes in the Young's Modulus value and the adhesion force in MDA-MB231 and MCF7 cells, whether DDB2 was expressed or not. The cell stiffness decrease observed in MDA-MB231 and MCF7 expressing DDB2 was correlated with a loss of the cortical actin-cytoskeleton staining. To understand how DDB2 regulates these processes, an adhesion-related gene PCR-Array was performed. Several adhesion-related genes were differentially expressed according to DDB2 expression, indicating that important changes are occurring at the molecular level. Thus, this work demonstrates that AFM technology is an important tool to follow cellular changes during tumorigenesis. Moreover, our data revealed that DDB2 is involved in early events occurring during metastatic progression of breast cancer cells and will contribute to define this protein as a new marker of metastatic progression in this type of cancer.

Neoplasias da Mama , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/biossíntese , Módulo de Elasticidade , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas de Neoplasias/biossíntese , Neoplasias da Mama/química , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/ultraestrutura , Adesão Celular , Feminino , Humanos , Células MCF-7 , Microscopia de Força Atômica , Metástase Neoplásica
Front Chem ; 3: 67, 2015.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26734600


We report the characterization of the interaction between B-DNA and three terpyridin iron II complexes. Relatively long time-scale molecular dynamics (MD) is used in order to characterize the stable interaction modes. By means of molecular modeling and UV-vis spectroscopy, we prove that they may lead to stable interactions with the DNA duplex. Furthermore, the presence of larger π-conjugated moieties also leads to the appearance of intercalation binding mode. Non-covalent stabilizing interactions between the iron complexes and the DNA are also characterized and evidenced by the analysis of the gradient of the electronic density. Finally, the structural deformations induced on the DNA in the different binding modes are also evidenced. The synthesis and chemical characterization of the three complexes is reported, as well as their absorption spectra in presence of DNA duplexes to prove the interaction with DNA. Finally, their effects on human cell cultures have also been evidenced to further enlighten their biological effects.

Free Radic Biol Med ; 77: 139-51, 2014 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25224035


Breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies of all cancers in women worldwide. Many difficulties reside in the prediction of tumor metastatic progression because of the lack of sufficiently reliable predictive biological markers, and this is a permanent preoccupation for clinicians. Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) may represent a rational candidate as a predictive biomarker of breast tumor metastatic progression, because its gene expression is profoundly altered between early and advanced breast cancer, in contrast to expression in the normal mammary gland. In this review, we report the characterization of some gene polymorphisms and molecular mechanisms of SOD2 gene regulation, which allows a better understanding of how MnSOD is decreased in early breast cancer and increased in advanced breast cancer. Several studies display the biological significance of MnSOD level in proliferation as well as in invasive and angiogenic abilities of breast tumor cells by controlling superoxide anion radical (O2(•-)) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Particularly, they report how these reactive oxygen species may activate some signaling pathways involved in breast tumor growth. Emerging understanding of these findings provides an interesting framework for guiding translational research and suggests a way to define precisely the clinical interest of MnSOD as a prognostic and/or predicting marker in breast cancer, by associating with some regulators involved in SOD2 gene regulation and other well-known biomarkers, in addition to the typical clinical parameters.

Neoplasias da Mama/enzimologia , Superóxido Dismutase/fisiologia , Animais , Neoplasias da Mama/genética , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Proliferação de Células , Indução Enzimática , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Invasividade Neoplásica , Estresse Oxidativo , Polimorfismo Genético , Superóxidos/metabolismo
Cancer Res ; 73(16): 5040-52, 2013 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23774208


The DNA repair protein damaged DNA-binding 2 (DDB2) has been implicated in promoting cell-cycle progression by regulating gene expression. DDB2 is selectively overexpressed in breast tumor cells that are noninvasive, but not in those that are invasive. We found that its overexpression in invasive human breast tumor cells limited their motility and invasiveness in vitro and blocked their ability to colonize lungs in vivo, defining a new function for DDB2 in malignant progression. DDB2 overexpression attenuated the activity of NF-κB and the expression of its target matrix metalloprotease 9 (MMP9). Mechanistic investigations indicated that DDB2 decreased NF-κB activity by upregulating expression of IκBα by binding the proximal promoter of this gene. This effect was causally linked to invasive capacity. Indeed, knockdown of DDB2-induced IκBα gene expression restored NF-κB activity and MMP9 expression, along with the invasive properties of breast tumor cells overexpressing DDB2. Taken together, our findings enlighten understanding of how breast cancer cells progress to an invasive phenotype and underscore potential clinical interest in DDB2 as a prognostic marker or therapeutic target in this setting.

Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , NF-kappa B/genética , Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/genética , Feminino , Humanos , Proteínas I-kappa B/genética , Proteínas I-kappa B/metabolismo , Células MCF-7 , Metaloproteinase 9 da Matriz/genética , Metaloproteinase 9 da Matriz/metabolismo , Inibidor de NF-kappaB alfa , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Invasividade Neoplásica , Prognóstico , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Transcrição Genética , Regulação para Cima/genética