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GY and PH drafted the manuscript. with clinicopathological parameters, such as lymphatic vessel density (LVD), and patient prognosis. Results MT1-MMP and VEGF-C expression differed among the five breast cancer cell lines and MT1-MMP and VEGF-C expression were correlated with tumour cell invasion. VEGF-C mRNA expression levels and invasive activity of MDA-MB-231 cells was inhibited by an anti-MT1-MMP antibody in a concentration-dependent manner. A significant correlation was found between the expression of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C in breast cancer patient samples and elevated MT1-MMP and VEGF-C expression was associated with higher LVD, lymph node metastasis, cancer stage, and a decline in overall survival rates. Conclusions Our data demonstrate that MT1-MMP expression is closely correlated with VEGF-C expression, and that MT1-MMP promotes lymphangiogenesis by up-regulating VEGF-C expression in human breast cancer. Thus, elevated MT1-MMP may serve as a significant prognostic factor in breast cancer. and have prognostic value for breast PROTAC Bcl2 degrader-1 cancer patients. Both MT1-MMP and VEGF-C were positively associated with LVD and lymph node metastasis, and MT1-MMP may promote lymphangiogenesis by up-regulating VEGF-C expression in human breast cancer. Further studies should investigate the mechanisms underlying VEGF-C protein processing by MT1-MMP in human cancer. Materials and methods Cell culture Human breast adenocarcinoma cells lines (MCF-7, MDA-MB-453, MDA-MB-435, MCF-7ADR, MDA-MB-231) were stored PROTAC Bcl2 degrader-1 in our laboratory. All cells were cultured in Dulbeccos modified Eagles medium (DMEM) supplemented with penicillin, streptomycin, 50?ng/ml ascorbic acid and 10% foetal calf serum (FCS) (Gibco BRL, Grand Island, NY, USA). Cells were maintained in a humidified incubator at 37C with 5% CO2. The absence of mycoplasma was confirmed using the Genprobe kit (Gen-Probe, San Diego, CA, USA). Real-time RT-PCR assessment of MT1-MMP and VEGF mRNA expression The expression of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C transcripts was determined using real-time quantitative PCR. Briefly, total RNA was extracted using TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen, Grand Island, NY, USA) according to the manufacturers instructions. Total RNA (1?g) was reverse-transcribed into single-stranded cDNA with oligo-dT18 primer and SuperScript II reverse transcriptase (Invitrogen). Amplification of MT1-MMP, VEGF-C and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) as an internal control in each reaction was carried out by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with the following primers: MT1-MMP, 5-CCTGCATCCATCAATACTACTGC-3 (forward) and 5-GCGTCTGAAGAAGAAGAC AGC-3 (reverse); VEGF-C 5-CAGTTACGGTCTGTGTCCAGTGTAG- 3 (forward) and 5-GGACACACATGGAGGTTTAAAGAAG-3 (reverse); GAPDH 5-CCACCCATGGCAAATTCCATGGCA-3 (forward), 5-TCTAGACGGCAGGTCAGGTCCACC-3 (reverse). Primers were used at a final concentration of 0.5?M. The reaction mixture was first denatured at 95C for 10?min followed by amplification at 95C for 1?min, 55C for 1?min, and 72C for 1?min for 30?cycles, and by 72C for 10?min. PCR products were visualised on a 2% PTCRA agarose gel containing 1?g/mL ethidium bromide. To evaluate the mRNA expression levels of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C, the ratios of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C GAPDH mRNA expression were measured by real-time quantitative PCR using a Light Cycler system and reagents (Roche Molecular Diagnostics) with the double-stranded DNA binding dye, SYBR Green 1, according to the procedure provided by the manufacturer. Standard PROTAC Bcl2 degrader-1 curves were prepared for both the target gene (MT1-MMP and VEGF-C) and the internal control (GAPDH) by amplifying four logarithmic dilutions of plasmid containing the target fragment as templates. Standard dilutions were optimised to cover the relevant concentration range of target and reference RNA in the cell. The quantities of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C were determined from the standard curve and divided PROTAC Bcl2 degrader-1 by the quantity of the GAPDH internal control. The quantities of MT1-MMP and VEGF-C were expressed as a fold differences relative to GAPDH from three experiments in duplicate. MT1-MMP activity assay Cells were plated onto 15-cm plastic dishes and grown to confluence. Plasma membrane preparations were collected with a cell scraper, and suspended in 1-ml ice-cold phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) containing protease inhibitors. The lysates were further sonicated for 5?s, and the membranes pelleted by centrifugation.