Cancers 2011, 3(1), 182-197; doi:10.3390/cancers3010182
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Dependence of Relative Expression of NTR1 and EGFR on Cell Density and Extracellular pH in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines

1 Cluster of Translational Oncology, Ludwig Boltzmann Society, c/o Balderichgasse 26A / 7-8, A-1170 Vienna, Austria 2 Department of Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 1 December 2010; in revised form: 24 December 2010 / Accepted: 27 December 2010 / Published: 4 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pancreatic Cancer)
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Abstract: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is a devastating disease characterized by early dissemination and poor prognosis. These solid tumors express receptors for neuropeptides like neurotensin (NT) or epidermal growth factor (EGF) and exhibit acidic regions when grown beyond a certain size. We previously demonstrated increases in intracellular Ca2+ levels, intracellular pH and interleukin-8 (IL-8) secretion in BxPC-3 and PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells in response to a stable NT analog. The present study aimed at investigation of the dependence of the relative expression of NT receptor 1 (NTR1) and EGFR in BxPC-3 and MIA PaCa-2 cells on cell density and extracellular pH (pHe). MTT assays revealed the NTR1 inhibitor SR 142948-sensitive Lys8-ψ-Lys9NT (8–13)-induced proliferation in BxPC-3 and PANC-1 cells. Confluent cultures of BxPC3 and HT-29 lines exhibited highest expression of NTR1 and lowest of EGFR and expression of NTR1 was maximal at slightly acidic pHe. IL-8 production was stimulated by Lys8-ψ-Lys9NT (8–13) and even enhanced at both acidic and alkaline pHe in BxPC-3 and PANC-1 cells. In conclusion, our in vitro study suggests that one contributing factor to the minor responses obtained with EGFR-directed therapy may be downregulation of this receptor in tumor cell aggregates, possibly resulting in acquisition of a more aggressive phenotype via other growth factor receptors like NTR1.
Keywords: pancreatic cancer; neurotensin; epidermal growth factor receptor; extracellular acidosis; metastasis

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Olszewski-Hamilton, U.; Hamilton, G. Dependence of Relative Expression of NTR1 and EGFR on Cell Density and Extracellular pH in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines. Cancers 2011, 3, 182-197.

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Olszewski-Hamilton U, Hamilton G. Dependence of Relative Expression of NTR1 and EGFR on Cell Density and Extracellular pH in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines. Cancers. 2011; 3(1):182-197.

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Olszewski-Hamilton, Ulrike; Hamilton, Gerhard. 2011. "Dependence of Relative Expression of NTR1 and EGFR on Cell Density and Extracellular pH in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell Lines." Cancers 3, no. 1: 182-197.

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