Accession Number:

ADA409764

Title:

Phosphorylation of Intracellular IGF Binding Protein-3 by the IGF Signaling Cascade is Essential for Its Growth-Enhancing Effect in Mammary Epithelial Cells

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2002

Corporate Author:

RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV PISCATAWAY NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The insulin-like growth factors IGF are involved in processes leading to tumorigenesis and metastasis. The IGFs stimulate growth of mammary epithelial cells, the site of origin of ductal breast carcinomas. Their ability to stimulate growth is modulated by IGF binding protein-3 The goal of these studies is to determine how IGFBP-3 enhances IGF action. Two established mammary epithelial cell lines genetically engineered to express IGFBP-3 will be the experimental models. We have found that the ability of IGF-I to activate chemical signals within the cell that lead to gene activation is enhanced in cells expressing IGFBP-3. Studies in progress will determine if IGFBP-3 enhances IGF-I stimulated cell cycle progression in these cells and if IGF-I phosphorylates IGFBP-3 via IGF receptor activation. Establishing whether or not the IGF signaling cascade results in phosphorylation of IGFBP-3 is central to the overall hypothesis that intracellular IGFBP-3 plays a role in IGF-I stimulation of cell cycle progression. Further work in this area using breast tumor specimens will determine whether this pathway is disrupted in breast cancer. Potential therapies for breast cancer may include treatments that alter phosphorylation or dephosphorylation of the IGFBP-3 protein.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE