Leptin Receptor-Deficient MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLepr db Female Mice Do Not Develop Oncogene-Induced Mammary Tumors

Margot P. Cleary, Subhash C. Juneja, Frederick C. Phillips, Xin Hu, Joseph P. Grande, Nita Jane Maihle

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Being overweight is a risk factor for postmenopausal breast cancer and is associated with an increased incidence and shortened latency of spontaneous and chemically induced mammary tumors in rodents. However, leptin-deficient obese LepobLepob female mice have reduced incidences of spontaneous and oncogene-induced mammary tumors. Of interest, leptin enhances the proliferation of human breast cancer cell lines in which leptin receptors are expressed, which suggests that leptin signaling plays a role in tumor development. We evaluated oncogene-induced mammary tumor development in obese MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLeprdb mice that exhibit a defect in OB-Rb, which is considered to be the major signaling isoform of the leptin receptor. Lepr and MMTV-TGF-α mice were crossed, and the offspring were genotyped for oncogene expression and the determination of Lepr status. Lean MMTV-TGF-α/Lepr+Lepr+ (homozygous) and MMTV-TGF-α/Lepr+Leprdb (heterozygous) mice and obese MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLeprdb mice were monitored until age 104 weeks. Body weights of MMTV-TGF-α/ Lepr dbLeprdb mice were significantly heavier than those of the lean groups. No mammary tumors were detected in MMTV-TGF-α/Lepr dbLeprdb mice, whereas the incidence of mammary tumors in MMTV-TGF-α/Lepr+Lepr+ and MMTV-TGF-α/ Lepr+Lepdb mice was 69% and 82%, respectively. Examination of mammary tissue whole mounts indicated an absence of duct formation and branching for MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLeprdb mice. Both age at mammary tumor detection and tumor burden (tumors/mouse and tumor weights) were similar for the lean genotypes. Serum leptin levels of MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLeprdb mice were 12-20-fold higher than levels of lean mice. Thus, despite elevated serum leptin levels, leptin receptor-deficient MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLeprdb mice do not develop mammary tumors. This study provides additional evidence that leptin and its cognate receptor may be involved in mammary tumorigenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-193
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental Biology and Medicine
Volume229
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Leptin Receptors
Oncogenes
Tumors
Breast Neoplasms
Leptin
Tumor Burden
Incidence
Breast
Obese Mice
Ducts
Serum
Protein Isoforms
Rodentia
Neoplasms
Carcinogenesis
Cells

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Leptin
  • Leptin receptor
  • Mice
  • OB-Rb
  • Obesity

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Leptin Receptor-Deficient MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLepr db Female Mice Do Not Develop Oncogene-Induced Mammary Tumors. / Cleary, Margot P.; Juneja, Subhash C.; Phillips, Frederick C.; Hu, Xin; Grande, Joseph P.; Maihle, Nita Jane.

In: Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vol. 229, No. 2, 01.01.2004, p. 182-193.

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Cleary, Margot P. ; Juneja, Subhash C. ; Phillips, Frederick C. ; Hu, Xin ; Grande, Joseph P. ; Maihle, Nita Jane. / Leptin Receptor-Deficient MMTV-TGF-α/LeprdbLepr db Female Mice Do Not Develop Oncogene-Induced Mammary Tumors. In: Experimental Biology and Medicine. 2004 ; Vol. 229, No. 2. pp. 182-193.
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