Expression of active Akt protects against tamoxifen-induced apoptosis in MCF-7 Cells

Incheol Shin, Carlos L. Arteaga

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We investigated the effect of constitutive active Akt expression on anti-proliferative and apoptotic effect of tamoxifen in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. Forced expression of AktDD (T308D, S473D) resulted in increased phosphorylation of GSK3β, a physiological substrate of Akt. When estrogen receptor (ER) mediated transcription was determined by luciferase assays, there was more than 2-fold increase in estradiol-dependent transcription in MCF-7 cells overexpressing AktDD (MCF-7 AktDD) compared to vector control cells (MCF-7 vec). MCF-7 AktDD cells showed increased proliferation in a medium containing charcoal stripped serum supplemented with estradiol. When the cell cycle profiles were examined, there was an increase in S-phase and a reduction in G1 phase in MCF-7 AktDD cells as compared to MCF-7 vec cells. Overexpression of AktDD also attenuated tamoxifen-mediated apoptosis. These results suggest that Akt could confer resistance to anti-estrogen mediated cell death and inhibition of proliferation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)664-669
Number of pages6
JournalIUBMB life
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006


  • Akt signaling
  • Breast cancer cells
  • Tamoxifen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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