Correlation between vascular endothelial growth factor and leptin in normal human breast tissue in vivo
2015 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Introduction: Events in the microenvironment are important for carcinogenesis of the breast. Adipocytes, which produce adipokines with paracrine effects, are the most abundant cell type in breast tissue. Exposure to sex steroids affects the risk of breast cancer. It has previously been shown that estrogen regulates the extracellular levels of leptin, adiponectin, IL-1β, and VEGF in normal human breast tissue in vivo.
Objective: We aimed to determine if there were any relationships between leptin, adiponectin, IL-1β, and/or VEGF in normal human breast tissue in vivo and to elucidate the role of adipocytes in the regulation of these factors.
Design and methods: Microdialysis was used to sample proteins of normal human breast tissue and abdominal subcutaneous (s.c.) fat in situ in pre-and postmenopausal women. An in vitro co-culture model of breast cancer cells and primary mature human adipocytes was used.
Results: In vivo, in normal breast tissue, significant positive correlations between VEGF and leptin, and VEGF and leptin/adiponectin ratio were detected. No correlations were found in s.c. abdominal fat tissue. Co-culture of adipocytes and breast cancer cells per se increased the secretion of VEGF and leptin and enhanced the effects of estradiol compared to culture of either cell type alone. In vitro, inhibition of VEGF diminished the release of leptin while inhibition of leptin had no influence on VEGF secretion. In breast tissue, significant correlations between IL-1β and leptin and VEGF were revealed.
Conclusions: Our results suggest that VEGF regulates leptin in normal human breast tissue. Moreover, physical contact between adipocytes and breast cancer cells, induces phenotypic changes and enhances the effects of estradiol. These mechanisms may be involved in breast cancer progression.
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