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Free Radic Biol Med. 2010 Jul 1;49(1):40-9. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2010.03.012. Epub 2010 Mar 20.

Polychlorinated biphenyl induced ROS signaling delays the entry of quiescent human breast epithelial cells into the proliferative cycle.

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Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1181, USA.


Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental chemical contaminants that can produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) by autoxidation of dihydroxy-PCBs and redox-cycling. We investigate the hypothesis that PCB induced perturbations in ROS signaling regulate the entry of quiescent cells into the proliferative cycle. Quiescent MCF-10A human breast epithelial cells were incubated with 0-3 micromolar of 2-(4-chlorophenyl)benzo-1,4-quinone (4-Cl-BQ), 2, 2', 4, 4', 5, 5'-hexachlorobiphenyl (PCB 153), and Aroclor 1254 for 4 days. Cells were replated at a lower density and analyzed for cell cycle phase distributions, ROS levels, MnSOD expression, and cyclin D1 protein levels. Quiescent cells incubated with 4-Cl-BQ showed the maximal delay in entering S phase. This delay was associated with a decrease in MnSOD activity, protein and mRNA levels, and an increase in cellular ROS levels. Results from the mRNA turnover assay showed that the 4-Cl-BQ treatment selectively enhanced the degradation of the 4.2kb MnSOD transcript, while the half-life of the 1.5 kb transcript did not change. Accumulation of cyclin D1 protein levels in replated cells was suppressed in cells treated with 4-Cl-BQ. Pretreatment of quiescent cells with polyethylene glycol-conjugated superoxide dismutase and catalase suppressed 4-Cl-BQ induced increase in ROS levels, which was consistent with an increase in cyclin D1 accumulation, and entry into S phase. These results showed 4-Cl-BQ induced perturbations in ROS signaling inhibit the entry of quiescent cells into S phase.

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