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ELF5 drives lung metastasis in luminal breast cancer through recruitment of Gr1+ CD11b+ myeloid-derived suppressor cells

Abstract

During pregnancy, the ETS transcription factor ELF5 establishes the milk-secreting alveolar cell lineage by driving a cell fate decision of the mammary luminal progenitor cell. In breast cancer, ELF5 is a key transcriptional determinant of tumor subtype and has been implicated in the development of insensitivity to anti-estrogen therapy. In the mouse mammary tumor virus-Polyoma Middle T (MMTV-PyMT) model of luminal breast cancer, induction of ELF5 levels increased leukocyte infiltration, angiogenesis, and blood vessel permeability in primary tumors and greatly increased the size and number of lung metastasis. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells, a group of immature neutrophils recently identified as mediators of vasculogenesis and metastasis, were recruited to the tumor in response to ELF5. Depletion of these cells using specific Ly6G antibodies prevented ELF5 from driving vasculogenesis and metastasis. Expression signatures in luminal A breast cancers indicated that increased myeloid cell invasion and inflammation were correlated with ELF5 expression, and increased ELF5 immunohistochemical staining predicted much shorter metastasis-free and overall survival of luminal A patients, defining a group who experienced unexpectedly early disease progression. Thus, in the MMTV-PyMT mouse mammary model, increased ELF5 levels drive metastasis by co-opting the innate immune system. As ELF5 has been previously implicated in the development of antiestrogen resistance, this finding implicates ELF5 as a defining factor in the acquisition of the key aspects of the lethal phenotype in luminal A breast cancer.

Type Journal
Authors Gallego-Ortega, D.; Ledger, A.; Roden, D. L.; Law, A. M.; Magenau, A.; Kikhtyak, Z.; Cho, C.; Allerdice, S. L.; Lee, H. J.; Valdes-Mora, F.; Herrmann, D.; Salomon, R.; Young, A. I.; Lee, B. Y.; Sergio, C. M.; Kaplan, W.; Piggin, C.; Conway, J. R.; Rabinovich, B.; Millar, E. K.; Oakes, S. R.; Chtanova, T.; Swarbrick, A.; Naylor, M. J.; O'Toole, S.; Green, A. R.; Timpson, P.; Gee, J. M.; Ellis, I. O.; Clark, S. J.; Ormandy, C. J.;
Garvan Authors Adelaide Young , A/Prof Alex Swarbrick , Dr Catherine Piggin , Prof Chris Ormandy , Dr Daniel Roden , Dr David Gallego-Ortega , Dr Ewan Millar , Dr Fatima Valdes Mora , Rob Salomon , Dr Samantha Oakes , Stephanie Allerdice , Prof Susan Clark , Dr Tatyana Chtanova , Dr Warren Kaplan
Publisher Name PLOS BIOL
Published Date 2015-12-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 13
Published Issue 12
Published Pages e1002330
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26717410
Status Published In-print
OpenAccess Link https://publications.gimr.garvan.org.au/download.php?12285_12664/PBIOLOGY-S-14-03441-2.pdf