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Cell line response profile

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Clinical subtype HR+ 1 2
Transcriptional subtype Luminal 3
Growth medium DMEM + 10% FBS + 1% P/S
Culture conditions 37.0°C ; 5% CO2

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HR+ average

Network map of MCF7 (left) and its corresponding subtype (right) with data normalized across all cell lines. Outer and inner circles represent basal measurements: circle diameter is proportional to the logarithm of the expression levels (with an offset) and its shading to the logarithm of the phosphorylation levels (each measure is independently normalized across all cell lines). Levels of pFGFR1-4 were not measured. Gray outer circles denote cases in which the expression level was below the detection threshold. Lines between outer and middle circles depict simplified ligand/receptor binding (Supplemental Table S2). The thickness of the arrows between outer and middle circles denotes the strength of pERK or pAKT induction by ligand with maximal response normalized by downstream target across all cell lines and ligands. Gray lines denote responses that were not statistically significant (below 2 standard deviations of the control).

Characteristic response to major ligands

Key response characteristics for MCF7 are shown by diamonds in context of the responses across all cell lines from each subtype (colored box plots) following ErbB, FGF, IGF/Ins, and HGF stimulation. Shown are the fraction of significant responses at 1ng/ml stimulation (left), the mean fold change at 100ng/ml (middle), and the pathway bias at 100ng/ml (right).

Most up- and down-regulated (phospho-) kinases

List of the most up-regulated (left) and down-regulated (right) variables in MCF7. The diamond denotes the measured value for MCF7, the black line shows the distribution of the variable across all cell lines, and the colored bars show the interquartile within the different subtypes.

Fold change pERK and pAKT response to ligands

The magnitude of the fold-change response at 100ng/ml ligand stimulation for MCF7 measured by pERK (left) and pAKT (right) denoted by diamonds. The box plot shows the distribution of the fold-change response for all cell lines, clustered by strength of the pERK or pAKT response. Black lines represent the median, shaded zones the interquartile range, dashed lines the 5% and 95% quantiles, and dots the outliers.


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When using any of the data or analysis presented here, please cite Niepel et al., BMC Biology, 2014. For more information, contact Mario Niepel (