p62 regulates the proliferation of molecular apocrine breast cancer cells

Fumi Nozaki, Yukari Hirotani, Yoko Nakanishi, Hiromi Yamaguchi, Haruna Nishimaki, Hiroko Noda, Xiaoyan Tang, Hisae Yamamoto, Atsuko Suzuki, Toshimi Seki, Shinobu Masuda

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p62, also called sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1), is a multifunctional signaling molecule that affects cell proliferation. Recently, we found accumulation of p62 in apocrine carcinoma of the breast, however, the biological role of p62 expression in apocrine carcinoma still remains unclear. To investigate whether p62 might contribute to tumor cell proliferation in apocrine carcinomas, we used the MDA-MB-453 (androgen receptor-positive, HER2-type) and MFM223 (androgen receptor-positive, triple-negative type) breast cancer cell lines as models of molecular apocrine carcinoma. Both MDA-MB-453 and MFM223 showed strong and d high p62 protein expression than MCF7 cells (androgen receptor-negative, luminal A type). Knockdown of p62 resulted in significant reduction of the cell proliferative activity in both MDA-MB-453 (P<0.01) and MFM223 (P<0.05). In conclusion, p62 could contribute to cell proliferation and represent a therapeutic target in apocrine carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalActa Histochemica et Cytochemica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Apocrine carcinoma
  • Breast cancer
  • p62


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