Targeting a Novel Signaling Network Against Lung Metastasis of Breast Cancer

Project: Research project

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During invasion and metastasis, breast cancer cells undergo various stresses including hypoxia and ER stress. These stresses
induce expression of the Tribbles family proteins, which are kinase-like scaffold proteins and regulate multiple signaling
pathways. Our preliminary study identified the Inhibitor of DNA Binding-1 (ID1) as a Tribbles-binding protein. ID1is one of the six
most significant genes in the lung metastasis gene expression signature, and plays a key role in tumor re-initiation in metastatic
loci. Association with Tribbles prevents ubiquitination of ID1 and consequently stabilizes this transcription regulator. In this
proposal, we evaluate a hypothesis that stress-induced Tribbles in breast cancer cells render the intracellular signaling
landscape favorable for metastasis. The following aims will be pursued: (1) Determine the effects of silencing Tribbles in
migration, invasion and lung metastasis of human triple-negative breast cancer cells; (2) Identify proteins that are in complex with
Trib1 or Trib3 in lung metastasis-prone breast cancer cells by tandem-affinity purification and LC-MS/MS; (3) Examine whether
cell penetrating peptides encoding the MEK1-binding region of Tribbles can inhibit migration, invasion and lung metastasis of
human triple-negative breast cancers. The integrated approach should provide a scientific foundation to establish the Tribblesmediated
signaling network as a therapeutic target.
Effective start/end date9/1/148/31/16


  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Agmt Effective 9/1/14)


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