Fatty acid Synthase (FAS) expression in human breast cancer cell culture supernatants and in breast cancer patients

Department of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 600 N. Wolfe Street/Meyer B-121, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA.
Cancer Letters (Impact Factor: 5.62). 06/2001; 167(1):99-104. DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3835(01)00464-5
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Fatty acid synthase (FAS) is selectively expressed in certain human cancers, including carcinoma of the breast, prostate, colon, ovary, and endometrium, compared to normal human tissues and therefore is a putative tumor marker. In this study, we found FAS concentrations were elevated in cell culture supernatants during cell growth in two human breast cancer cell lines but not other cancer cell lines. A quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blot analysis were employed in this study. In addition, serum FAS levels were significantly higher in breast cancer patients with different clinical stages (Stage II: 0.59+/-0.09 units/l, Stage III: 0.79+/-0.13 units/l, and Stage IV: 1.39+/-0.35 units/l) compared with healthy subjects (0.27+/-0.02 units/l, P<0.05). Taken together, our data suggest that FAS expression may be a useful tumor marker for breast cancer and play a role in assessing cancer virulence.

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    • "In 1994 Kuhajda and colleagues reported that a protein (oncogenic antigen-519) linked to poor prognosis in breast cancer was identical to FASN (Kuhajda et al. 1994). Since then FASN has been shown to be up-regulated in a variety of cancers such as breast (Vazquez- Martin et al. 2008; Wang et al. 2001), prostate (Migita et al. 2009) and colon (Notarnicola et al. 2012). The mechanism behind the FASN overexpression is not completely understood but sex steroid hormones and their receptor (Chalbos et al. 1987; Menendez et al. 2005b) as well as the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) (Kumar-Sinha et al. 2003; Vazquez-Martin et al. 2009) have been shown to have an important role involving the mitogen activated protein (MAP) kinase and phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase signalling cascades (Yang et al. 2002). "
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    ABSTRACT: Background The lichen compound (+)-protolichesterinic acid (+)-PA, isolated from Iceland moss, has anti-proliferative effects on several cancer cell lines. The chemical structure of (+)-PA is similar to a known fatty acid synthase (FASN) inhibitor C75. Aims To test whether the anti-proliferative activity of (+)-PA is associated with effects on FASN and HER2 (human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) and major signalling pathways. Synergism between (+)-PA and lapatinib, a HER2 active drug, was also evaluated. Materials and methods Pure compound was isolated by preparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and purity of (+)-PA analyzed by analytical HPLC. Cell viability was assessed using Crystal violet staining. FASN and HER2 expression was estimated by immunofluorescence. The Meso Scale Discovery (MSD)® assay was used to measure activation of ERK1/2 and AKT. Synergism was estimated by the CalcuSyn software. Results Treatment with (+)-PA increased FASN expression in SK-BR-3 cells, which overexpress FASN and HER2, implying a compensatory response to inhibition of FASN activity. HER2 expression was decreased suggesting secondary downregulation. ERK1/2 and AKT signalling pathways were inhibited, probably due to reduced levels of HER2. No effects were observed in T-47D cells. Synergism between (+)-PA and lapatinib was observed in the SK-BR-3 cells. Conclusion Results suggest that the primary effect of (+)-PA is inhibition of FASN activity. Synergistic effects with lapatinib were seen only in SK-BR-3 cells, and not T-47D cells, further supporting the notion that (+)-PA acts by inhibiting FASN with secondary effects on HER2 expression and signalling. (+)-PA could therefore be a suitable agent for further testing, alone or in combination treatment against HER2-overexpressing breast cancer.
    Phytomedicine 10/2014; 21(12):1717–1724. DOI:10.1016/j.phymed.2014.08.006 · 3.13 Impact Factor
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    • "Despite being an intracellular protein, it may be released into the extracellular space and may be a biomarker of metabolically demanding human diseases [6]. Increased FAS levels have been detected in serum of patients with different clinical stages of breast cancer [7]. Recently, a significant association between circulating levels of FAS and HER2-overexpressing metastatic breast cancer patients has been described [8]. "
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    • "Of the respective mRNAs, only three were upregulated by Runx2 (Supplementary Table S6), and among the remaining 13 proteins, 4 of particular interest were subjected to western blot analysis. As shown in Figure 6B, fatty acid synthase (FAS), which is abundantly expressed by PCa cells and serves as a serum marker for cancer progression (48–50), was readily detectable in medium conditioned by Runx2-expressing C4-2B cells, but not in control conditioned medium. Because FAS levels were comparable between the respective cell extracts (Figure 6B), we conclude that Runx2 stimulated FAS secretion. "
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