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Reduction of E-cadherin expression is associated with non-lobular breast carcinomas of basal-like and triple negative phenotype
  1. Betania Mahler-Araujo (betania.mahler-araujo{at}icr.ac.uk)
  1. Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
    1. Kay Savage (kay.savage{at}icr.ac.uk)
    1. Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
      1. Suzanne Parry (suzanne.parry{at}icr.ac.uk)
      1. Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
        1. Jorge S Reis-Filho (jorge.reis-filho{at}icr.ac.uk)
        1. Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom

          Abstract

          E-cadherin inactivation in breast cancer has been shown to be strongly associated with lobular breast cancer. However, little is known about the levels of E-cadherin expression according to the breast cancer ‘molecular’ subtypes. The aims of this study were to address the distribution of E-cadherin expression according to the different molecular subtypes of breast cancer. E-cadherin expression was immunohistochemically analysed in a tissue microarray containing duplicate cores of 245 invasive breast carcinomas using a semi-quantitative scoring system based on the percentage of cells showing membrane immunopositivity. Reduced and/or negative E-cadherin expression was significantly associated with lack of ER expression, low levels of CCND1 expression, positivity for cytokeratins 5/6 and 17, EGFR, caveolins 1 and 2, p53 expression, high MIB-1 proliferation indices, basal-like phenotype and triple negative phenotype. Our study demonstrates that in the group of non-lobular breast cancers, reduction/ lack of E-cadherin expression is preferentially found in basal-like breast carcinomas.

          • CDH1
          • E-cadherin
          • basal-like breast cancer
          • immunohistochemistry

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