Proline-, glutamic acid–, leucine-rich protein 1 (PELP1) is a novel estrogen receptor (ER) coregulator, demonstrated distinctive characters from other ERα coregulators, and has been suggested to be involved in metastasis of several cancers. In ERα-positive breast cancer, PELP1 overexpression enhanced ruffles and filopodium-like structure stimulated by estradiol (E2) through extranuclear cell signaling transduction hereby increased cell motility. However, whether PELP1 is also involved in extracellular matrix remodeling of ERα-positive breast cancer cells is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of PELP1 in E2-induced MMP-9 expression and the underlined mechanism. The results demonstrated the following: E2-induced ERα-positive MCF-7 breast cancer cell MMP-9 mRNA and protein expression in a rapid response and concentration-dependent manner. Knocked down PELP1 significantly suppressed E2-induced MMP-9 expression. E2-bovine serum albumin (BSA), a large molecular membrane-impenetrable conjugate of E2, can also upregulate MMP-9 protein expression in MCF-7, and the action of E2-BSA can be abolished by PI3K inhibitor LY294002; treating MCF-7 simultaneously with PELP1-shRNA and LY294002 did not show synergetic inhibitory effect on E2-BSA-induced MMP-9 expression. Our results indicated that estrogen-induced MMP-9 expression in ER-positive breast cancer cells may be through PELP1-mediated PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.
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