Establishment and characterization of highly osteolytic luminal breast cancer cell lines by intracaudal arterial injection

Yuxuan Han, Jun Nakayama*, Yusuke Hayashi, Seongmoon Jeong, Mitsuru Futakuchi, Emi Ito, Shinya Watanabe, Kentaro Semba

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Bone is one of the most common metastatic sites of breast cancer, and bone metastasis profoundly affects the quality of life of breast cancer patients. Bone metastasis is commonly observed among all the subtypes of breast cancer; however, its molecular mechanism has been analyzed only in triple-negative subtype of breast cancer (TNBC). To characterize the molecular mechanisms of bone metastasis of luminal breast cancer, we established a bone-metastatic model of the MCF7, luminal breast cancer cell line, with enhanced osteolytic activity by intracaudal arterial injection (CAI). Pathological analysis of the established cell lines revealed that they exhibited fierce osteolytic ability by promoting osteoclast differentiation and activity. The signature genes extracted from highly osteolytic MCF7 cell lines were differed from those of bone-metastatic TNBC cell lines. Our results suggest that unique mechanisms of osteolysis in bone-metastatic lesions of luminal breast cancer. In addition, several up-regulated genes in MCF7-BM (Bone Metastasis) 02 cell lines correlated with poor prognosis with luminal breast cancer patients. Our findings support further study on the bone-metastatic mechanisms of luminal breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalGenes to Cells
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1


  • MCF7
  • bone metastasis
  • intracaudal arterial injection
  • luminal breast cancer
  • microarray
  • osteolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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