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Pathology & Oncology Research

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 71–79 | Cite as

NRG-1 Stimulates Serum DJ-1 Increase in Breast Cancers

  • Yuandong Wang
  • Yan Zhang
  • Qian Lu
  • Yiming Wang
  • Xinchen Sun
  • Shu ZhangEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

To explore the relationship between the expression of DJ-1/HER3 and tumor grade in breast cancer, and investigate the effect of HER3 on NRG-1-mediated serum DJ-1 level in vivo. We analyze the expression level of DJ-1 and HER3 in 68 patients with different grades of breast cancer by immunostaining the tissue microarray. Besides, we investigated the serum DJ-1 level by ELISA. We found that the detectable DJ-1 protein expression is decreased, and the HER3 expression is increased in tumor tissue with the progression of breast cancer. There is a significant rise of DJ-1 in serum in vivo with the stimulation of NRG-1. Meanwhile, we found that HER3 knockdown abolishes NRG-1-induced serum DJ-1 increase and HER3 overexpress improves NRG-1-induced serum DJ-1 increase. This study provides a serum biomarker for breast cancer. The results showed that DJ-1 was associated with clinical stage of breast cancer, and NRG-1 increased the dissociation of HER3 and DJ-1, with promoting the level of DJ-1 in peripheral blood. It is suggested that the level of DJ-1 in peripheral blood may be conducive to assess the prognosis of patients with breast cancer and serum DJ-1 levels can serve as an indicator of therapeutic effectiveness for the development of HER3 targeting breast cancer antibody therapies.

Keywords

Serum DJ-1 HER3 NRG-1 Breast cancers MCF-7 cells 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This project was sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81373398); a Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions (PAPD).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiotherapyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Radiotherapy, Clinical Research CenterThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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