Abstract: RuXian-I has traditionally been used as a remedy for breast hyperplasia in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. As a first step toward the investigation of biomarkers associated with RuXian-I treatment, a proteome-wide analysis of rat breast tissue was conducted. First, rat breast hyperplasia was induced by injection of estradiol and progesterone. After treatment with RuXian-I, there is a marked decrease in the hyperplasia, as can be shown by decreases in the nipple diameter and the pathological changes in breast. Subsequently, we used an approach that integrates size-based 2D-DIGE, MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS, and bioinformatics to analyze data from the control group, the model group and the RuXian-I treatment group. Using this approach, seventeen affected proteins were identified. Among these, 15 (including annexin A1, annexin A2, superoxide dismutase [Mn], peroxiredoxin-1, translationally-controlled tumor protein and a B-crystallin) were significantly up-regulated in the model group and down-regulated upon treatment with RuXian-I, and two (Tpil protein and myosin-4) have the opposite change trend. The expression of annexin A1 was confirmed using immunohistochemistry. The expression of superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity was confirmed biochemically. These results indicated that RuXian-I treats rat breast hyperplasia through regulation of cell cycle, immune system, metabolic, signal transduction, etc. The differential expressions of these proteins (annexin A1, superoxide dismutase [Mn], alpha B-crystallins and translationally controlled tumor protein, among others) were associated with occurrence and metastasis of breast cancer. These findings might provide not only far-reaching valuable insights into the mechanism of RuXian-I action, but also leads for prognosis and diagnosis of breast hyperplasia and breast cancer.
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Wang, Z.-C.; E, D.; Batu, D.-L.; Saixi, Y.-L.; Zhang, B.; Ren, L.-Q. 2D-DIGE Proteomic Analysis of Changes in Estrogen/Progesterone-Induced Rat Breast Hyperplasia upon Treatment with the Mongolian Remedy RuXian-I. Molecules 2011, 16, 3048-3065.
Wang Z-C, E D, Batu D-L, Saixi Y-L, Zhang B, Ren L-Q. 2D-DIGE Proteomic Analysis of Changes in Estrogen/Progesterone-Induced Rat Breast Hyperplasia upon Treatment with the Mongolian Remedy RuXian-I. Molecules. 2011; 16(4):3048-3065.
Wang, Zhong-Chao; E, Du; Batu, De-Ligen; Saixi, Ya-Latu; Zhang, Bin; Ren, Li-Qun. 2011. "2D-DIGE Proteomic Analysis of Changes in Estrogen/Progesterone-Induced Rat Breast Hyperplasia upon Treatment with the Mongolian Remedy RuXian-I." Molecules 16, no. 4: 3048-3065.