Demethylation of promoter C region of estrogen receptor α gene is correlated with its enhanced expression in estrogen-ablation resistant MCF-7 cells

Tetsuya Sogon, Shigeru Masamura, Shin ichi Hayashi, Richard J. Santen, Kei Nakachi, Hidetaka Eguchi

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Abstract

Long-term estrogen deprivation (LTED) MCF-7 cells showing estrogen-independent growth, express estrogen receptor (ER) α at a much higher level than wild-type MCF-7 cells. Enhanced expression of ERα associated with partial localization of ERα to the plasma membranes in LTED cells is thought to be an important step for acquisition of estrogen-ablation resistance. In this study, we compared the regulation of ERα gene expression between wild type and LTED cells, examining the usage of the promoters A and C as well as their methylation status. We found that transcription from the promoter C was drastically enhanced in LTED cells, compared with that in wild-type cells. Furthermore, the promoter C region was highly unmethylated in LTED cells, but partially methylated in wild-type cells. Our findings imply that demethylation of promoter C region in the ERα gene is in part responsible for the enhanced expression of ERα gene in LTED cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-114
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume105
Issue number1-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Estrogen receptor α
  • Methylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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