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Med Oncol. 2013;30(2):567. doi: 10.1007/s12032-013-0567-y. Epub 2013 Apr 9.

P2Y12 receptor inhibition augments cytotoxic effects of cisplatin in breast cancer.

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Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.


Expression of P2Y12 receptors has been documented in some cancer cell lines like C6 glioma, renal carcinoma and colon carcinoma. However, its direct role in altering response to chemotherapeutics has not been studied. In this study, we characterize the expression of P2Y12 receptor in breast cancer cell lines and evaluate its role in enhancing the cytotoxic effects of cisplatin. We observed a significant upregulation in P2Y12 expression in 4T1 breast cancer cell line with cisplatin treatment. Co-administration of P2Y12 inhibitor with cisplatin resulted in significantly higher cytotoxic response in 4T1 cancer cell line. This was mediated by HIF1α-dependent upregulation of cellular apoptotic pathways. These findings identify P2Y12 receptor as a potential target to enhance antitumor efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents like cisplatin.

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