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CXCR7 signaling promotes breast cancer survival in response to mesenchymal stromal stem cell-derived factors

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posted on 2022-11-22, 21:16 authored by Mashael Al-toub, Mohammad Almohawes, Radhakrishnan Vishnubalaji, Musaad Alfayez, Abdullah Aldahmash, Moustapha Kassem, Nehad M. Alajez

The interaction between cancer cells and molecular cues provided by tumor stromal cells plays a crucial role in cancer growth and progression. We have recently reported that the outcome of interaction between tumor cells and stromal cells is dependent on the gene expression signature of tumor cells. In the current study, we observed that several cancer cell lines, e.g., MCF7 breast cancer line, exhibited growth advantage when cultured in the presence of conditioned media (CM) derived from human bone marrow stromal stem cells (hBMSCs). Regarding the underlying molecular mechanism, we have identified CXCR7 as highly expressed by MCF7 cells and that it mediated the enhanced growth in response to hBMSC CM. Regarding the clinical relevance, we found an inverse correlation between the level of tumor gene expression of CXCR7 in bladder, breast, cervical, kidney, liver, lung, pancreatic, stomach, and uterine cancers, and patients’ overall survival. Interestingly, significant positive correlation between CXCR7 and CXCL12 gene expression (Pearson = 0.3, p = 2.0 × 10–16) was observed in breast cancer patients, suggesting a biological role for the CXCR7/CXCL12 genetic circuit in breast cancer biology. Our data provide insight into the molecular mechanisms by which stromal-derived microenvironmental cues mediate CXCR7 signaling and growth enhancement of breast cancer cells. Therapeutic targeting of this circuit might provide novel therapeutic opportunity for breast cancer.

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Published in: Cell Death Discovery
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