May 20, 2004

The phosphoprotein StarD10 is overexpressed in breast cancer and cooperates with ErbB receptors in cellular transformation

Cancer Research
Monilola A OlayioyeJane E Visvader


We have identified that StarD10, a member of the START protein family, is overexpressed in both mouse and human breast tumors. StarD10 was initially discovered on the basis of its cross-reactivity with a phosphoserine-specific antibody in mammary tumors from Neu/ErbB2 transgenic mice and subsequently isolated from SKBR3 human breast carcinoma cells using a multistep biochemical purification strategy. We have shown that StarD10 is capable of binding lipids. StarD10 was found to be overexpressed in 35% of primary breast carcinomas and 64% of human breast cancer cell lines, correlating with their ErbB2/Her2 status. Coexpression of StarD10 with ErbB1/epidermal growth factor receptor in murine fibroblasts enhanced anchorage-independent growth in soft agar, providing evidence for functional cooperation between StarD10 and ErbB receptor signaling. Taken together, these data suggest that overexpression of this lipid-binding protein contributes to breast oncogenesis.

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Mentioned in this Paper

STARD10 protein, human
ErbB-2 Receptor
Protein Family
Specimen Type - Fibroblasts
Foxo1 protein, mouse
House mice
Homologous Sequences, Amino Acid

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