The activation of type 1 corticotropin releasing factor receptor (CRF-R1) inhibits proliferation and promotes differentiation of neuroblastoma cells in vitro via p27Kip1 protein up-regulation and c- Myc mRNA down-regulation

Giacomo Pozzoli, Lucia Lisi, Cinzia Dello Russo, Alessandro Sgambato, Pierluigi Navarra, Emilia Cantalupo, Alma Boninsegna Lucarelli, Carlo Cenciarelli

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Abstract

Our group has previously shown that corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) inhibits proliferation of human endocrine-related cancer cell lines via the activation of CRF type-1 receptors (CRF-R1). Tumors originating from the nervous system also express CRF receptors but their role on neoplastic cell proliferation was poorly investigated. Here we investigated the effect of CRF receptor stimulation on nervous system-derived cancer cells, using the SK-N-SH (N) human neuroblastoma cell line as an experimental model. We found that SK-N-SH (N) cells express functionally active CRF-R1, whose activation by CRF and the cognate peptide urocortin (UCN) is associated to reduced cell proliferation and motility, as well as neuronal-like differentiation. UCN did not interfere with cell viability and cell-cycle arrest. The above effects seem to be mediated by a mechanism involving the activation of cAMP/PKA/CREB pathway and the subsequent downstream increase in p27Kip1 and underphosphorylated retinoblastoma protein levels, as well as reduced c-Myc mRNA accumulation
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015

Keywords

  • CRF
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Sk-N-SH
  • Urocortin

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