Role of polyamines in the function of nuclear transcription factor NF-κB in breast cancer cells

Sophia Zaletok, Nataliya Alexandrova, Nina Berdynskykh, Nataliya Ignatenko, Sergiy Gogol, Oleksiy Orlovsky, Nadiya Tregubova, Eugene Gerner, Vasyl Chekhun

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The aim of the work was the investigation of the influence of polyamines on formation of nuclear transcription factor kappa B (NF-kB) complex with specific DNA-sequences nuclear response elements (NRE), and the study of content of p50 and p65 (NF-kB subunits) in breast tumor cells under polyamines metabolism modulation. Methods: The model experiments in vitro were carried out on cultured MCF-7 cells, in vivo experiments - on experimental Ca755 and Walker-256 tumors using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and Western-blotting analysis. Results: The data have demonstrated that polyamines falicitated p50 - NRE binding. Under conditions of polyamine depletion, an increase of content of both p50 and p65 subunits of NF-kB in the nucleus has been registered (especially that of p50 subunits). Upon addition of α-DFMO + putrescine to the culture medium of MCF-7 cells, the decrease of the levels of p50 and p65 proteins in the nuclei has been observed. Conclusion: Polyamines influence the activity of NF-kB transcription factor in breast tumor cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Breast cancer
  • Nuclear transcription factor kappa B
  • Polyamines
  • Surface plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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