Benzyl butyl phthalate increases the chemoresistance to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide by increasing breast cancer-associated dendritic cell-derived CXCL1/GROα and S100A8/A9

  • Authors:
    • Ya-Ling Hsu
    • Jen-Yu Hung
    • Eing-Mei Tsai
    • Cheng-Ying Wu
    • Ya-Wen Ho
    • Shu-Fang Jian
    • Meng-Chi Yen
    • Wei-An Chang
    • Ming-Feng Hou
    • Po-Lin Kuo
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  • Published online on: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
  • Pages:2889-2900 DOI: 10.3892/or.2015.4307


Phthalates are used as plasticizers in the manufacture of flexible vinyl, which is used in food contact applications. Phthalates have been demonstrated to have an adverse impact on human health, particularly in terms of cancer development. In the present study, we showed for the first time that benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) potentiates the effect of tumor‑associated dendritic cells (TADCs) on the chemoresistance of breast cancer. Specific knockdown analysis revealed that S100A9 is the major factor responsible for the chemoresistance of doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide induced by BBP-stimulated TADCs in breast cancer. BBP exposure also increased tumor infiltrating myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) secretion of S100A8/A9, thereby exacerbating the resistance of breast cancer to doxorubicin with cyclophosphamide. In addition, BBP also stimulated the production of CXCL1/GROα by TADCs, which increased the angiogenesis of breast cancer in a mouse model. Inhibition of CXCL1/GROα by a neutralizing antibody, decreased the BBP-induced angiogenesis induced by BBP after chemotherapy in the mouse model. These results, for the first time, provide evidence that BBP influences the efficacy of chemotherapy by remodeling the tumor microenvironment of breast cancer.


Food, including milk, vegetables, vegetable oil, and even school meals have been found to contain multiple types of phthalates in recent years (14). These different types of phthalates are transferred to food during vegetable cultivation, food packaging and food processing (57). Phthalates have been detected in the serum of infants, children and adults as it is difficult to avoid daily dietary exposure at present (8,9). Moreover, metabolites of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), have been found in urine, serum, breast milk and saliva. Studies have revealed that phthalate exposure is associated with many diseases, such as airway obstruction, allergies, asthma, reproductive disease and breast cancer (1012). BBP has been demonstrated to induce neoplastic transformation of breast epithelial cells and to increase the proliferation and progression of both estrogen-dependent and -independent breast cancer stem cells and cancer cells (1316). However, the influence of phthalates on cancer therapy has not been evaluated to date.

Breast cancer is the most common female cancer, and is one of the major causes of cancer-related mortality among women. There were nearly 1.7 million new breast cancer cases diagnosed and 521,900 deaths due to breast cancer worldwide in 2012 (17,18). Although chemotherapy significantly improves the outcome of patients with breast cancer, chemoresistance is still a major obstacle to successful treatment and such resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs frequently results in subsequent tumor recurrence and tumor metastasis (19,20). However, most of the mechanisms responsible for resistance to chemotherapeutic agents are still unknown. A better understanding of the causes and mechanisms of chemoresistance can be helpful for identifying and developing novel therapeutic agents that could decrease metastasis, chemoresistance, and even cancer-related death.

The tumor microenvironment (TME) not only plays a critical role during tumorigenesis, cancer progression and metastasis, but also influences therapeutic efficacy (21). Tumor environment-mediated drug resistance (EMDR) is mediated by a multitude of reciprocal interactions between cancer cells and various cell types existing in the TME. Tumor-associated immune cells are a hallmark of most solid malignancies, and the presence of various immune cells significantly influences clinical outcome (22). Tumor-associated macrophages have been indicated to increase the resistance of cancer against cytotoxic agents. Therefore, inhibiting the infiltration of macrophages improves the efficacy of chemotherapy and reduces cancer metastasis (23,24). Similar to macrophages, tumor-associated dendritic cells (TADCs) have been postulated as being involved in cancer progression (2527). TADCs produce a number of potent growth factors and cytokines, which may be mediators that potentiate chemoresistance (28,29). The present study is the first to assess the effects of BBP on breast cancer, and to demonstrate that BBP induces a change in the chemo-sensitivity of breast cancer to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide by altering the cancer microenvironment.

Materials and methods

Cell culture and conditioned medium

Human breast adenocarcinoma cell line MDA-MB-231 (ATCC HTB-26™; American Type Culture Collection, ATCC, Manassas, VA, USA) was cultured in Leibovitz medium (L15) supplemented with 1% antibiotic solution and 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) (all from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA) in a CO2-free incubator. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) (BCRC H-UV001; Bioresource Collection and Research Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan) and 4T1 mouse mammary tumor cell line (ATCC CRL-2539; ATCC) were cultured in complete EGM2 medium (Lonza, Walkersville, MD, USA), or RPMI-1640 (Gibco-BRL, Gaithersburg, MD, USA) medium containing 10% FBS in a 5% CO2 incubator. To prepare the conditioned media (CM), the MDA-MB-231 cells (2×106/100 mm dish) were seeded, and the supernatant was harvested and filtered (0.22 mm), after 48 h of incubation.

Isolation of CD14+ monocytes and differentiation of dendritic cells

Monocytes were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) provided by healthy consenting donors. PBMCs were isolated from blood by Ficoll-Hypaque gradient (GE Healthcare Bio-Sciences, Little Chalfont, UK). CD14+ monocytes were purified from PBMCs by using CD14+ monoclonal antibody-conjugated magnetic beads (MACS MicroBeads; Miltenyi Biotec Ltd., Bergisch Gladbach, Germany), according to the manufacturer's procedure. Monocyte-derived dendritic cells (mdDCs) or TADCs were generated by culturing CD14+ monocytes in RMPI-1640 medium containing control 20% L15 (for mdDCs) or MDA-MB-231-CM (for TADCs) presenting in 10 ng/ml GM-CSF and IL-4 (R&D Systems, Minneapolis, MN, USA), with or without BBP (1 or 10 µM; Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA) for 5 days. The mdDC and TADC supernatants were collected and filtered (0.22 mm) to be used as CMs. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Kaohsiung Medical university Hospital (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) approved the study protocol, and all of the participants provided written informed consent in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (IRB no. KMUH-IRB-990174 and KMUH-IRB-20120362).

Measurement of secreted factors

Supernatants from the mdDCs or TADCs treated with or without BBP were collected. CXCL1/GROα and VEGF were determined by Milliplex MAP kit (Millipore, Billerica, MA, USA). S100A8 and S100A9 were assessed and quantified using the DuoSet ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; R&D Systems).

Cell viability/apoptosis

MDA-MB-231 cells were treated with control or doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (10/100 µM) with or without BBP (1 µM) presenting in various CMs (20%) for 48 h. Cell viability was determined by Premixed WST-1 Cell Proliferation reagent (Clontech Laboratories Inc., Mountain View, CA, USA) in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Quantitative analysis of apoptosis was determined by the terminal nucleotidyl transferase-mediated nick end labeling (TUNEL) method using the BD ApoAlert DNA Fragmentation Assay kit (BD Biosciences Clontech, Palo Alto, CA, USA).

Tube formation analysis

Tube formation assays were carried out as described previously after modification (30). Growth factor-reduced Matrigel (200 µl) was loaded in each well of a 24-well plate, which was incubated at 37°C for 60 min. HUVECs were mixed with the various CMs (20%) and the CXCL1/GROα antibody. Cell suspension solution (500 µl) was added on top of the Matrigel. The plate was then incubated at 37°C, and the formation of capillary-like tubes was detected and stained using Calcein-AM (Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA, USA) after 10 h using a fluorescence microscope.

RNA isolation and quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)

Total RNA was isolated using TRIzol reagent (Invitrogen Life Technologies) according to the manufacturer's protocol, and reverse transcribed to cDNA using a SuperScript III Reverse Transcriptase kit (Invitrogen). PCR mixture was prepared using the SYBR Green qPCR kit (Invitrogen) and using the following primers as follows: CXCL1/GROα (forward, 5′-agggaattcaccccaagaac-3′ and reverse, 5′-TAACTATGGGGGATGCAGGA-3′); S100A8 (forward, 5′-atgccgtctacagggatgac-3′ and reverse, 5′-ACGCCCATCTTTATCACCAG-3′) and GAPDH (forward, 5′-TTCACCACCATGGAGAAGGC-3′ and reverse, 5′-GGCATGGACTGTGGTCATGA-3′). All qRT-PCR reactions were performed using the StepOne Real-Time PCR system (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA). Quantitative analysis normalized to GAPDH was performed according to the comparative cycle threshold (Ct) method.

CXCL1/GROα and S100A9 knockdown

CD14+ monocytes were transfected with 1 µM non-targeting, CXCL1/GROα or S100A9 Accell™ SMARTpool siRNA (Thermo Fisher Scientific) containing IL-4 and GM-CSF for 5 day. The medium containing siRNA and IL-4/GM-CSF was replaced on day 3. The knockdown efficacy of siRNA was measured by qRT-PCR.

Animal experiments and drug treatment

For the orthotopic metastasis assay, mouse breast cancer 4T1 cells were transplanted into the mammary fat pads of 8-week-old female BALB/c mice. Mice were injected once a week with either PBS vehicle, BBP, doxorubicin hydrochloride (2 mg/kg)/cyclophosphamide monohydrate (60 mg/kg) or a combination of BBP and PBS vehicle, BBP, doxorubicin hydrochloride (2 mg/kg)/cyclophosphamide monohydrate (60 mg/kg) for 3 weeks. For experiments involving CXCL1/GROα inhibition, the mice were injected intraperitoneally with either IgG (vehicle) or with CXCL1/GROα once per week (50 µg/mouse). All immunohistochemical reactions were performed on 5-µm paraffin sections. In brief, the sections were deparaffinized in xylene and rehydrated, and then incubated in target retrieval solution (DAKO) in an autoclave for 8 min to retrieve the antigens. Endogenous peroxidase activity was blocked by 10 min of incubation with a 3% solution of H2O2. The expression of CD31 antigen was assessed using the mouse monoclonal anti-CD31 (dilution 1:100) antibody. The sections were incubated with the primary antibodies overnight at 4°C. The antigens were then visualized using biotinylated antibodies and streptavidin, conjugated with horseradish peroxidase. Diaminobenzidine (DakoCytomation, Glostrup, Denmark) served as the substrate, and all of the sections were counter-stained with hematoxylin.

Isolation of dendritic cells (CD11c+F4/80−) and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) from the mice

Mouse mammary tumors (4T1-bearing mice) were collected and minced. Single-cell suspensions were obtained after enzymatic digestion (1 mg/ml collagenase A; Roche Diagnostics) and 100 IU/ml type I Dnase (Sigma-Aldrich) for 2 h at 37°C in RPMI-1640 medium. A single-cell suspension was filtered through a 70-µm nylon mesh (BD Biosciences), and cells were washed twice with PBS. CD11c+ cells were purified using anti-CD11c monoclonal antibody-conjugated magnetic beads (MACS MicroBeads). F4/80+ cells were depleted from CD11c+ cells by using F4/80+ antibody-biotin beads (MACS MicroBeads). MDSCs were isolated from tumors using the Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cell Isolation kit from Miltenyi Biotec. Cell purity was checked by flow cytometric (BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA) analysis using anti- CD11b and Gr-1 antibodies (>75%), and the viability was assessed by trypan blue dye exclusion.

Statistical analysis

Data are expressed as means ± SD. Statistical analyses between the control and experimental groups were analyzed by an unpaired Student's t-test. Multiple comparisons were evaluated by one-way ANOVA, and differences in the mean values among groups were conducted by a Turkey post hoc analysis. P-values <0.05 were considered to indicate statistically significant differences.


BBP increases chemoresistance in a 4T1 orthotopic metastasis model

First, we assessed the influence of BBP on chemotherapeutic efficacy in breast cancer in a mouse model. As shown in Fig. 1, combination of doxorubicin hydrochloride (2 mg/kg body weight) and cyclophosphamide monohydrate (60 mg/kg body weight), a doublet chemotherapy frequently used in the clinic, exhibited a markedly inhibitory effect on cancer metastasis (lung, liver and peritoneal metastasis). Exposure of mice to BBP alone did not affect the metastasis of 4T1 in the mouse model, but did reduce the inhibitory effect of chemotherapy on breast cancer peritoneal metastasis in the mice (Fig. 1).

BBP increases the chemoresistance of breast cancer via the TADC-mediated response

Since exposure to BBP increases the resistance of cancer to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment, we assessed whether BBP affects the sensitivity of breast cancer to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide. As shown in Fig. 2A, doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (10/100 µM) decreased the cell viability of MDA-MB-231 cells ~60% after a 48-h treatment. However, BBP did not affect the sensitivity of breast cancer cells to the doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide combination (Fig. 2A). TME is considered to determine the efficacy of chemotherapy (31). To assess whether BBP increases the chemo-resistance of breast cancer by stimulating TADCs, we generated mdDCs, TADCs and BBP-stimulated mdDCs and TDACs (BBP-mdDCs and BBP-TADCs) and collected the condition media (CM) as described in Fig. 2B. MDA-MB-231 cells were treated with doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide in regular culture medium, mdDC-CM, TADC-CM, BBP-mdDC-CM or BBP-TADC-CM containing medium. TADC-CM significantly decreased the sensitivity of the MDA-MB-231 cells to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide. BBP further desensitized breast cancer to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide (Fig. 2C). Next, we investigated whether the chemoresistance induced by TADC-CM and BBP-TADC-CM was mediated by reducing doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide-induced apoptosis. TADC-CM markedly reduced the percentage of TunEL-positive MDA-MB-231 cells following treatment with doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide relative to mdDC-CM. A statistically significant reduction in apoptosis induction was noted after exposure to BBP-TADC-CM (Fig. 2D). These data suggest that BBP stimulated soluble factor(s) secreted from TADCs to induce doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide resistance in breast cancer.

TADC-mediated S100A8/A9 increases breast cancer chemoresistance

Next, we assessed the influence of BBP on the expression of secretory cytokines in TADCs, which have been reported to be involved in the development of chemoresistance. The expression levels of CXCL1/GROα, S100A8 and S100A9 were increased in the TADCs, in comparison to the levels in the mdDCs. BBP further enhanced the stimulatory effect of breast cancer cells in regards to the secretion of CXCL1/GROα, S100A8 and S100A9, but not VEGF and OSM (Fig. 3A-E). Transplantation of the 4T1 cell into mice increased the expression of CXCL1/GROα, S100A8 and S100A9 in the TADCs (CD11c+F4/80), compared to the control mice. Exposure to BBP further increased expression of CXCL1/GROα, S100A8 and S100A9 in the TADCs in the the 4T1-bearing mice (Fig. 3F and G).

To explore which secretory factors contribute to the chemoresistance of MDA-MB-231 cells, we inhibited the expression of CXCL1/GROα or S100A9 using siRNA transfection. Transfection of CD14+ monocytes decreased the CXCL1/GROα and S100A9 expression by 80 and 90%, respectively (Fig. 4A). Inhibition of S100A9 expression prevented the effect of CMs of BBP-derived TADCs on the chemoresistance of the MDA-MD-231 cells (Fig. 4B). However, knockdown of CXCL1/GROα did not restore the chemosensitivity of MDA-MB-231 cells to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide in presenting CMs of BBP-derived TADCs (Fig. 4B). Similarly, only recombinant human S100A8/A9 (rhS100A8/A9) reduced the cytotoxicity of doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide, whereas recombinant human CXCL1/GRO (rhCXCL1/GRO) did not affect the cytotoxicity of doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide in the MDA-MB-231 cells (Fig. 4C and D).

BBP increases the production of S100A8 and S100A9 in MDSCs (CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+) in breast cancer

Previous research has demonstrated that S100A8/A9 levels are associated with the infiltration of MDSCs in tumors and enhance chemoresistance (31,32). Therefore, we assessed whether BBP increases the infiltration of MDSCs in the 4T1 cell-bearing mice. As shown in Fig. 5A and B, doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment decreased the infiltration of CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs in the tumors. BBP exposure prevented the effect of chemotherapy on the infiltration of CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs (Fig. 5A). However, BBP exposure did not further increase the recruitment of CD11b+Ly6CGr-1 MDSCs, regardless of doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment in the mice (Fig. 5B). Next, we assessed the expression of S100A8 and S100A9 in the tumor-infiltrating CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs. ELISA results showed that BBP or doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment alone slight enhanced the expression of S100A8 and S100A9 in the CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs (Fig. 5C and D). However, exposure of mice to BBP markedly enhanced the production of S100A8 and S100A9 in the CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs in the doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide-treated mice (Fig. 5C and D).

BBP increases angiogenesis by TADC-derived CXCL1/GROα

Since CXCL1/GROα has been indicated to be an angiogenic factors in cancer (33), we assessed the effect of BBP on angiogenesis induced by TADCs. Compared to mdDC-CM, TADCs increased the tube formation of HUVECs. In addition, BBP increased the stimulatory effect of TADCs on tube formation (Fig. 6A). The synergistic effect of BBP on angiogenesis was prevented by the neutralizing CXCL1/GROα antibody (Fig. 6B), suggesting that CXCL1/GROα is the major angiogenic factor in TADC-mediated angiogenesis. Furthermore, exposure of mice to BBP increased the angiogenesis in primary breast cancers in vivo (Fig. 6C). To investigate whether targeting CXCL1/GROα may be a strategy to prevent BBP-induced angiogenesis, we administered the mice with neutralizing CXCL1/GROα antibody. Exposure of mice to BBP or chemotherapy increased the angiogenesis in the breast cancer. The enhancement of angiogenesis induced by BBP was prevented by the administration of the CXCL1/GROα antibody in the chemotherapy and BBP + chemotherapy-treated mice (Fig. 6D).


Exposure to phthalates causes various health and reproductive problems in human. Since phthalate esters are ubiquitous in the environment and the potential for adverse effects on human health is great, an understanding of how these factors influence human health and the underlying mechanisms are urgently required. This study is the first to investigate the influence of BBP on the chemoresistance of cancer. BBP caused TADCs to produce S100A8/A9, which directly decreased the sensitivity of breast cancer cells to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment. In addition, BBP also stimulated TADCs to secrete CXCL1/GROα, which increased the angiogenesis in the tumors, resulting in increased metastasis of breast cancer. This study raises the possible impact of BBP on the chemotherapy of breast cancer.

Chronic inflammation is strongly associated with tumor initiation, progression, angiogenesis and drug resistance (34,35). Elevated inflammatory factors within the TME have been reported to mediate chemotherapeutic resistance in cancers (31,36,37). Infiltrating immune cells are an abundant component of solid tumors, and have been implicated as the major source of inflammatory cytokines/chemokines (35,38). Our data demonstrated that TADCs decreased the sensitivity of breast cancer to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment, and this effect was further exacerbated by BBP exposure. The chemoresistance of breast cancer occurred by decreasing doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide-induced apoptotic cell death, while cancer cells were nourished by BBP-stimulated TADCs. This study suggests that paracrine signals potentiated by BBP in the TME maintain cancer survival despite cytotoxic insults.

S100A8 and S100A9, EF-hand calcium-binding proteins, are recognized as pro-inflammatory factors, which contribute to various human diseases, including cancer. S100A8 and S100A9 are constitutively expressed by myeloid cells, including granulocytes, monocytes, dendritic cells and osteoclasts, but not by lymphocytes (39). Increased levels of S100A8/A9 produced by cancer and stroma cells within the TME are found in many types of cancers, including gastric, esophageal, colon, pancreatic, bladder, ovarian, thyroid and breast cancer (39,40). S100A8 and S100A9 proteins are considered to contribute to the overall pathogenesis of malignancies, including tumorigenesis, progression, metastasis and chemoresistance. S100A8 enhances drug resistance by increasing autophagy in leukemia cells (41). S100A8/A9 protect breast cancer cells from doxorubicin by increasing the activation of ERK1/2 and p70S6K (41). We found that BBP may increase the concentration of S100A8/A9 by two routes. First, BBP potentiates the stimulatory effect of breast cancer cells on the expression of S100A8/A9 in TADCs. Inhibition of S100A8 by siRNA prevents TADC-CM-mediated chemoresistance, supporting the specificity of the relationship of S100A8/9 with doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide resistance in breast cancer. The second source of S100A8/A9 is tumor-infiltrating MDSCs. BBP not only directly enhanced S100A8/A9 secretion, but also potentiated the hyperactivation of chemotherapy on the enhancement of S100A8 and S100A9 in tumor-infiltrating CD11b+Ly6CGr-1+ MDSCs. Elevated S100A9 levels are found in breast cancer patients after chemotherapy treatment, and this is considered to be a critical factor contributing to chemoresistance (41). The multiple effects of BBP on the expression of S100A8/A9 could provide survival signaling to breast cancer cells, enabling them to resist chemotherapy.

CXCL1/GROα is an inflammatory chemokine and potent angiogenic and lymphangiogenic growth factors, which are mediators that potentiate cancer progression and chemo-resistance (31,42,43). Phthalate esters have been indicated to induce macrophages to express inflammatory cytokine CXCL1/GROα, which is implicated as a mediator of tumor angiogenesis (43,44). The present study found that BBP increased the expression of CXCL1/GROα in TDACs in vitro and in vivo. Knockdown of CXCL1/GROα by siRNA did not affect either TADC-CM or BBP-TADC-CM-mediated chemo-resistance, suggesting they are not directly involved in the protection of cancer from anticancer drugs. However, blockade of CXCL/GROα by a neutralizing antibody decreased angiogenesis after doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide treatment in vivo, suggesting that CXCL1/GROα enhanced the development of BBP-mediated cancer relapse after chemotherapy by altering tumor angiogenesis.

This is the first study to explore the influence of BBP on chemotherapy in breast cancer. BBP stimulated TADCs and MDSCs to express S100A8/A9, which provided a direct protective effect against chemotherapy. BBP also increased TADCs to produce CXCL1/GROα, which enhanced the angiogenesis in breast cancer, resulting in increased cancer metastasis after chemotherapy (Fig. 7). This study highlights the potential interference of phthalate esters on the treatment of breast cancer with specific therapeutic regimens.


This study was supported by grants from the national Science Council of Taiwan (NSC 10.628-B-037-001-MY3; NSC 101-2320-B- 037- 043-MY3; NSC 102-2628-B-037-002-MY3; NSC 102-2632-B-037-001-MY3; and NSC 102-2314-B-037-035-MY3), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST 103-2320-B-037-006-MY3 and MOST 103-2314-B-037-052), the Excellence for Cancer Research Center Grant, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Executive Yuan, Taipei, Taiwan (MOHW 103-TD-B-111-05), the Kaohsiung Medical university 'Aim for the Top 500 universities Grant, grant no. KMU-DT103008', and the Kaohsiung Medical University 'Aim for the Top universities Grant, grant nos. KMU-TP103A19 and KMU-TP103A20'.



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Hsu, Y., Hung, J., Tsai, E., Wu, C., Ho, Y., Jian, S. ... Kuo, P. (2015). Benzyl butyl phthalate increases the chemoresistance to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide by increasing breast cancer-associated dendritic cell-derived CXCL1/GROα and S100A8/A9. Oncology Reports, 34, 2889-2900.
Hsu, Y., Hung, J., Tsai, E., Wu, C., Ho, Y., Jian, S., Yen, M., Chang, W., Hou, M., Kuo, P."Benzyl butyl phthalate increases the chemoresistance to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide by increasing breast cancer-associated dendritic cell-derived CXCL1/GROα and S100A8/A9". Oncology Reports 34.6 (2015): 2889-2900.
Hsu, Y., Hung, J., Tsai, E., Wu, C., Ho, Y., Jian, S., Yen, M., Chang, W., Hou, M., Kuo, P."Benzyl butyl phthalate increases the chemoresistance to doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide by increasing breast cancer-associated dendritic cell-derived CXCL1/GROα and S100A8/A9". Oncology Reports 34, no. 6 (2015): 2889-2900.