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Abstract Title:

Lactoferrin deficiency promotes colitis-associated colorectal dysplasia in mice.

Abstract Source:

PLoS One. 2014 ;9(7):e103298. Epub 2014 Jul 24. PMID: 25057912

Abstract Author(s):

Qiurong Ye, Ying Zheng, Songqing Fan, Zailong Qin, Nan Li, Anliu Tang, Feiyan Ai, Xuemei Zhang, Yanhui Bian, Wei Dang, Jing Huang, Ming Zhou, Yanhong Zhou, Wei Xiong, Qun Yan, Jian Ma, Guiyuan Li

Article Affiliation:

Qiurong Ye


Nonresolving inflammatory processes affect all stages of carcinogenesis. Lactoferrin, a member of the transferrin family, is involved in the innate immune response and anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-tumor activities. We previously found that lactoferrin is significantly down-regulated in specimens of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and negatively associated with tumor progression, metastasis, and prognosis of patients with NPC. Additionally, lactoferrin expression levels are decreased in colorectal cancer as compared with normal tissue. Lactoferrin levels are also increased in the various phases of inflammation and dysplasia in an azoxymethane-dextran sulfate sodium (AOM-DSS) model of colitis-associated colon cancer (CAC). We thus hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory function of lactoferrin may contribute to its anti-tumor activity. Here we generated a new Lactoferrin knockout mouse model in which the mice are fertile, develop normally, and display no gross morphological abnormalities. We then challenged these mice with chemically induced intestinal inflammation to investigate the role of lactoferrin in inflammation and cancer development. Lactoferrin knockout mice demonstrated a great susceptibility to inflammation-induced colorectal dysplasia, and this characteristic may be related to inhibition of NF-κB and AKT/mTOR signaling as well as regulation of cell apoptosis and proliferation. Our results suggest that the protective roles of lactoferrin in colorectal mucosal immunity and inflammation-related malignant transformation, along with a deficiency in certain components of the innate immune system, may lead to serious consequences under conditions of inflammatory insult.

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