Protein profile changes in the human breast cancer cell line MCF-7 in response to SEL1L gene induction

Laura Bianchi, Cristina Canton, Luca Bini, Rosaria Orlandi, Sylvie Ménard, Alessandro Armini, Monica Cattaneo, Vitaliano Pallini, Luigi Rossi Bernardi, Ida Biunno

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The ectopic expression of the gene SEL1L in the human breast carcinoma cell line MCF-7 resulted in a reduction of the aggressive behaviour of these cells in vitro. In addition, in vivo analysis on a series of primary breast carcinomas revealed an association between the SEL1L protein levels and the patient's overall survival. We aimed to find those proteins, associated with SEL1L, which may be involved in modulating the aggressive or invasive behaviour of breast cancer cells. For this purpose, we used both the proteomic and microarray approaches. Image analysis of two-dimensional electropherograms revealed the presence of 27 qualitative and 35 quantitative variations between the MCF7-SEL1L expressing cells compared to control. Mass spectrometry identified 32 changing proteins mostly involved in cytoskeletal and metabolic activities, stress response and protein folding, selenoprotein synthesis and cellular proliferation. Five of these also showed changes in transcript levels, as assessed by Affymetrix microarray analysis. Interestingly, seven proteins: carbonic anhydrase (CA) II, ovarian/breast septin, S100A16 calcium binding protein, 14-3-3 protein sigma, proteasome subunit β type 6, Hsp60 and protein disulphide-isomerase A3 merit particular attention since they are known to be involved in cancer, in response to cellular stress and in protein folding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2433-2442
Number of pages10
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • Mass spectrometry gel
  • Proteome
  • SEL1L
  • Two-dimensional Microarray analysis electrophoresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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