Mitochondrial localization of P-glycoprotein in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7/ADM and its functional characterization
ABSTRACT The current view of multidrug resisitance is that overexpression of membrane P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is a major causative factor. However, the controversial presence of subcellular P-gp may also participate in the drug resistance. In this study, we sought to investigate the localization and functional characterization of P-gp in mitochondria isolated from MCF-7 and doxorubicin-resistant MCF-7 (MCF-7/ADM) cells. Mitochondria were isolated and purified from the MCF-7 cell line and its resistant cells MCF-7/ADM. We used electron microscopy, western blot analysis and confocal microscopy to demonstrate the localization of P-gp in the mitochondria of MCF-7/ADM cells. Flow cytometry was used to evaluated the efflux function of mitochondrial P-gp in the presence or absence of the P-gp inhibitor cyclosporine A (CsA). Mitochondria were isolated and purified successfully and were analyzed by electron microscopy. Western blotting demonstrated the expression of P-gp in the cell membrane and purified mitochondria from MCF-7/ADM cells but not from sensitive MCF-7 cells. Immunofluorescence analysis using confocal microscopy demonstrated the localization of P-gp [labeled with green fluorescence (FITC)] to the mitochondria [labeled with red fluorescence (Mitotracker Deep red 633)] of MCF-7/ADM cells and that was absent in MCF-7 cells. Rho123 (a mitochondrial fluorescent probe) accumulation was largely reduced and efflux was strongly increased in the mitochondria of MCF-7/ADM cells compared to those of MCF-7 cells (P<0.01), and these were completely reversed in the presence of the P-gp inhibitor CsA (P<0.01). No significant changes were observed in the mitochondria of MCF-7 cells (P>0.05). P-gp is expressed in the mitochondria of doxorubicin-resistant MCF-7 cells and has an efflux function. It could be involved in multidrug resistance at the subcellular site by pumping out anticancer drugs from mitochondria to protect the function of mitochondria.
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ABSTRACT: Doxorubicin is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of a variety of solid tumors. However, resistance to this anticancer drug is a major obstacle to the effective treatment of tumors. As mitochondria play important roles in cell life and death, we anticipate that mitochondria may be related to drug resistance. Here, stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture (SILAC)-based quantitative proteomic strategy was applied to compare mitochondrial protein expression in doxorubicin sensitive OVCAR8 cells and its doxorubicin-resistant variant NCI_ADR/RES cells. A total of 2085 proteins were quantified, of which 122 proteins displayed significant changes in the NCI_ADR/RES cells. These proteins participated in a variety of cell processes including cell apoptosis, substance metabolism, transport, detoxification and drug metabolism. Then qRT-PCR and western blot were applied to validate the differentially expressed proteins quantified by SILAC. Further functional studies with RNAi demonstrated TOP1MT, a mitochondrial protein participated in DNA repair, was involved in doxorubicin resistance in NCI_ADR/RES cells. Besides the proteomic study, electron microscopy and fluorescence analysis also observed that mitochondrial morphology and localization were greatly altered in NCI_ADR/RES cells. Mitochondrial membrane potential was also decreased in NCI_ADR/RES cells. All these results indicate that mitochondrial function is impaired in doxorubicin-resistant cells and mitochondria play an important role in doxorubicin resistance. This research provides some new information about doxorubicin resistance, indicating that mitochondria could be therapeutic targets of doxorubicin resistance in ovarian cancer cells.Theranostics 09/2014; 4(12):1164-75. DOI:10.7150/thno.8502 · 7.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The development of the most common multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype is associated with a massive overexpression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in neoplastic cells. In the current study, we used three L1210 cell variants: S cells – parental drugsensitive cells; R cells – drug-resistant cells with P-gp overexpression due to selection with vincristine; T cells – drug-resistant cells with P-gp overexpression due to stable transfection with the pHaMDRwt plasmid, which encodes human full-length P-gp. Several authors have described the induction of P-gp expression/activity in malignant cell lines after treatment with all-trans retinoic acid (AtRA; ligand of retinoic acid nuclear receptors, RARs). An isomer of AtRA also exists, 9-cis retinoic acid, which is a ligand of both RARs and nuclear retinoid X receptors (RXRs). In a previous work, we described that the combined treatment of R cells with verapamil and AtRA induces the downregulation of P-gp expression/activity. In the current study, we studied the expression of RARs and RXRs in S, R and T cells and the effects of treatment with AtRA, 9cRA and verapamil on P-gp expression, cellular localization and efflux activity in R and T cells. We found that the overexpression of P-gp in L1210 cells is associated with several changes in the specific transcription of both subgroups of nuclear receptors, RARs and RXRs. We also demonstrated that treatment with AtRA, 9cRA and verapamil induces alterations in P-gp expression in R and T cells. Particularly, combined treatment of R cells with verapamil and AtRA induced downregulation of P-gp content/activity. In contrast, similar treatment of T cells induced slight increase of P-gp content without any changes in efflux activity of this protein. These findings indicate that active crosstalk between the RAR and RXR regulatory pathways and P-gp-mediated MDR could take place.Neoplasma 01/2014; 61(5):553-565. DOI:10.4149/neo_2014_068 · 1.64 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Background The major cause of multidrug resistance is over-expression of membrane P-glycoprotein (P-gp). We investigated the effect of recombinant human interleukin 24 (rhIL-24) on the Adriamycin (ADM)-resistant human breast cancer cell line MCF-7/ADM. Methods The cytotoxicity of rhIL-24 and ADM was determined by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl], 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assays. The expression of P-gp was assessed by confocal microscopy and Western blot analysis. Results The IC50 values for rhIL-24 in MCF-7/wild-type and MCF-7/ADM cells were 0.17 and 14.6 μM, respectively. The IC50 value of Adriamycin in MCF-7/ADM cells decreased in a dose-dependent manner when rhIL-24 was used. The resistance modulating factor (RMF) was directly proportional to the dose of rhIL24. ADM accumulation increased while P-gp expression decreased at a low dose (4 μM) of rhIL24 in MCF-7/ADM cells. The expression of P-gp was decreased at 4 μM in confocal microscopy and western blot analysis. Conclusions rhIL-24 circumvented the drug-resistance of MCF-7/ADM cells via activation of the transcription factor Stat 3. rhIl24 has potential to act as a P-gp inhibitor to reverse Adriamycin resistance in breast cancer.Pharmacological reports: PR 10/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.pharep.2014.05.010 · 2.17 Impact Factor