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Nat Cell Biol. 2014 Apr;16(4):345-56. doi: 10.1038/ncb2930. Epub 2014 Mar 23.

A time- and matrix-dependent TGFBR3-JUND-KRT5 regulatory circuit in single breast epithelial cells and basal-like premalignancies.

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1
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia 22908, USA.
2
1] Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia 22908, USA [2].
3
Department of Pathology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Virginia 22908, USA.

Abstract

Basal-like breast carcinoma is characterized by poor prognosis and high intratumour heterogeneity. In an immortalized basal-like breast epithelial cell line, we identified two anticorrelated gene-expression programs that arise among single extracellular matrix (ECM)-attached cells during organotypic three-dimensional culture. The first contains multiple TGF-β-related genes including TGFBR3, whereas the second contains JUND and the basal-like marker KRT5. TGFBR3 and JUND interconnect through four negative-feedback loops to form a circuit that exhibits spontaneous damped oscillations in three-dimensional culture. The TGFBR3-JUND circuit is conserved in some premalignant lesions that heterogeneously express KRT5. The circuit depends on ECM engagement, as detachment causes a rewiring that is triggered by RPS6 dephosphorylation and maintained by juxtacrine tenascin C, which is critical for intraductal colonization of basal-like breast cancer cells in vivo. Intratumour heterogeneity need not stem from partial differentiation and could instead reflect dynamic toggling of cells between expression states that are not cell autonomous.

PMID:
24658685
PMCID:
PMC4035356
DOI:
10.1038/ncb2930
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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