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LMO4 mediates trastuzumab resistance in HER2 positive breast cancer cells
Am J Cancer Res. 8(4):594-609 2018

Ding, Keshuo; Wu, Zhengsheng; Li, Xiaocan; Sheng, Youjing; Wang, Xiaonan; Tan, Sheng

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women worldwide. Trastuzumab (Herceptin) is an effective antibody drug for HER2 positive breast cancer; de novo or acquired trastuzumab resistance retarded the use of trastuzumab for at least 70% of HER2 positive breast cancers. In this study, we reported LMO4 (a member of LIM-only proteins) promoted trastuzumab resistance in human breast cancer cells. Over-expression of LMO4 was observed in acquired trastuzumab resistance breast cancer cells SKBR3 HR and BT474 HR. Depletion of LMO4 partly abolished the trastuzumab resistance of SKBR3 HR and BT474 HR cells. Forced expression of LMO4 significantly increased trastuzumab resistance of HER2 positive breast cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. BCL-2 was regulated by LMO4 and mediated the promoting role of LMO4 in trastuzumab resistance of HER2 positive breast cancer cells. High level of LMO4 was associated with worse clinicopathological parameters (including tumor size and histological grade) and lower survival rate in HER2 positive breast cancer patients. LMO4 therefore could be used as a target to develop diagnostic and therapeutic methods for human HER2 positive breast cancer.

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