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Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2002 Apr;72(3):227-32.

Expression of Ets-related transcription factors and matrix metalloproteinase genes in human breast cancer cells.

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Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre, McMaster University, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Ontario, Canada.


The expression levels of ets and MMP genes was examined in two breast cancer cell lines of differing invasive potential. The more invasive MDA-MB-231 cell line had higher levels of Ets-1, Ets-2, PEA3, ERM, Tel, Net, MMP-13 and -14 mRNA than MCF-7 cells. MMP-1, -3 and -16 mRNAs were expressed equally. TPA stimulated MMP-1, -9 and TIMP-1 mRNA expression in both cell lines. MMP-2 and MMP-7 mRNAs were not detected in either cell line. The Ets-1 protein was only detected in MDA-MB-231 cells and its level increased following TPA stimulation. TPA induced MMP-9 activity in MCF-7 cells and increased its activity in MDA-MB-231 cells, however, MMP-2 activity was not detected.

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