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14th Asia Pacific Oncologists Annual Meeting

Melbourne, Australia

Ivy Chung

Ivy Chung

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Title: Effects of medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) in activating progesterone receptor signaling in benign- and cancer-associated fibroblasts of the endometrium


Biography: Ivy Chung


Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) is used for conservative treatment for endometrial cancer (EC); however, patients often develop progesterone resistance. Most typical and atypical endometrial hyperplasia shows regression after MPA treatment. Primary type 1 EC responds moderately to MPA therapy (50-70%). Yet, MPA treatment only offers 10-20% response rates and survival of less than one year in advanced and recurrent EC. It was shown that secretion from normal fibroblast cells inhibit while cancer fibroblasts cells promote the proliferation of EC cells. Interestingly, a recent study showed that progesterone receptor (PR) expression in normal fibroblast is important for progesterone inhibitory effects on cancer cells. It has also been shown that estrogen is responsible for increasing PR expression. However, it is still largely unknown, if and how, fibroblasts from endometrial cancers modulate EC response to progesterone. BAF and CAF were isolated from human endometrial primary cultured cells using antibody-conjugated magnetic beads. Fibroblast and epithelial markers expression, and progesterone receptor (PR) expression were determined using quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blotting. PR nuclear translocation was determines using immunofluorescence assay. Cell viability was determined using MTT assay. Fibroblasts expressed high levels of fibroblast markers but not epithelial cell markers indicating minimal epithelial cells contamination. Both BAF and CAF expressed varied levels of PR expression. PR nuclear translocation occurs within 6 hours of 10 nM MPA treatment in BAFs and CAFs. Their response to MPA growth inhibition was similar (20% growth inhibition when compared to vehicle) after treated with 1-400 nM MPA for 72 hours. The cell viability was 22% and 9% lower in BAFs and CAFs, respectively following 100 nM MPA treatment in the presence of 10 nM E2 compared to MPA alone. Our data suggests that PR signaling in CAF can be activated, and but has lower response to combination of MPA and estrogen treatment.