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Title: AMPK Activation and Metabolic Reprogramming by Tamoxifen through Estrogen Receptor-Independent Mechanisms Suggests New Uses for This Therapeutic Modality in Cancer Treatment.

Authors: Daurio, Natalie A; Tuttle, Stephen W; Worth, Andrew J; Song, Ethan Y; Davis, Julianne M; Snyder, Nathaniel W; Blair, Ian A; Koumenis, Constantinos

Published In Cancer Res, (2016 06 01)

Abstract: Tamoxifen is the most widely used adjuvant chemotherapeutic for the treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer, yet a large body of clinical and preclinical data indicates that tamoxifen can modulate multiple cellular processes independently of ER status. Here, we describe the ER-independent effects of tamoxifen on tumor metabolism. Using combined pharmacologic and genetic knockout approaches, we demonstrate that tamoxifen inhibits oxygen consumption via inhibition of mitochondrial complex I, resulting in an increase in the AMP/ATP ratio and activation of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway in vitro and in vivo AMPK in turn promotes glycolysis and alters fatty acid metabolism. We also show that tamoxifen-induced cytotoxicity is modulated by isoform-specific effects of AMPK signaling, in which AMPKα1 promotes cell death through inhibition of the mTOR pathway and translation. By using agents that concurrently target distinct adaptive responses to tamoxifen-mediated metabolic reprogramming, we demonstrate increased cytotoxicity through synergistic therapeutic approaches. Our results demonstrate novel metabolic perturbations by tamoxifen in tumor cells, which can be exploited to expand the therapeutic potential of tamoxifen treatment beyond ER(+) breast cancer. Cancer Res; 76(11); 3295-306. ©2016 AACR.

PubMed ID: 27020861 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: AMP-Activated Protein Kinases/metabolism*; Animals; Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal/pharmacology; Apoptosis/drug effects; Blotting, Western; Breast Neoplasms/drug therapy; Breast Neoplasms/metabolism*; Breast Neoplasms/pathology; Cell Proliferation/drug effects; Female; Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic/drug effects*; Glycolysis/drug effects*; Humans; Mice; Mice, Nude; Mitochondria, Liver/drug effects; Mitochondria, Liver/metabolism*; Oxygen Consumption/drug effects; Phosphorylation/drug effects; Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism; Receptors, Estrogen/metabolism*; Signal Transduction/drug effects; TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism; Tamoxifen/pharmacology*; Tumor Cells, Cultured

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