Stress Hormones Regulate Interleukin-6 Expression by Human Ovarian Carcinoma Cells through a Src-dependent Mechanism

Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, United States
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 11/2007; 282(41):29919-26. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M611539200
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Recent studies have demonstrated that chronic stress promotes tumor growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis. In ovarian cancer, levels of the pro-angiogenic cytokine, interleukin 6 (IL-6), are known to be elevated in individuals experiencing chronic stress, but the mechanism(s) by which this cytokine is regulated and its role in tumor growth remain under investigation. Here we show that stress hormones such as norepinephrine lead to increased expression of IL-6 mRNA and protein levels in ovarian carcinoma cells. Furthermore, we demonstrate that norepinephrine stimulation activates Src tyrosine kinase and this activation is required for increased IL-6 expression. These results demonstrate that stress hormones activate signaling pathways known to be critical in ovarian tumor progression.

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    • "Maximum elevations in IL-6 occurred at an early time (1 h), giving evidence of fast metabolism of adrenergic mediators by OSCC cells. Nilsson et al. (2007) found that maximum increases in IL-6 expression in ovarian carcinoma cells occurred only after 6 h of incubation with NE. Nilsson's results after 3 h of treatment of these same cells with NE showed just a minimum rise in IL-6 production. "
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    • "Similarly, AP-1 activation via PKA and p38 MAPK (p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase) is reported to contribute to IL-6 induction in osteoblastic cells under β-adrenergic stimulation (34). In contrast, it has been demonstrated that only the C/EBP-β (NF-IL-6) motif is involved in NE-mediated IL-6 expression (7) in human ovarian carcinoma cells. Although the NF-κB binding site is reported to be involved in many stimuli (28,35,36), it is not essential for NE-mediated IL-6 expression in GES-1 cells. "
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    • "Although Il6 mRNA levels did not change with obesity in peri-ovarian adipose tissue, there were elevated Il6 mRNA levels in the ovaries of obese mice compared to lean mice. Elevated levels of IL6 have been reported in patients with ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (Buyalos et al., 1992; Loret de Mola et al., 1996a; Loret de Mola et al., 1996b), epithelial ovarian cancer (Lane et al., 2011), as well as other forms of ovarian cancer (Costanzo et al., 2005; Nilsson et al., 2007). IL6, together with TNFa and IL1b, has also been reported to be part of the cytokine network implicated in ovarian cancer (Anglesio et al., 2011; Coward et al., 2011; Kulbe et al., 2007). "
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