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Gynecol Oncol. 2004 Apr;93(1):54-8.

Ubiquinol cytochrome c reductase (UQCRFS1) gene amplification in primary breast cancer core biopsy samples.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC 29203, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The ubiquinol cytochrome c reductase UQCRFS1 is a key subunit of the cytochrome bc1 complex (complex III) of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the significance of the ubiquinol cytochrome c reductase UQCRFS1 gene amplification in primary breast cancers.

METHODS:

Samples were obtained from image-guided core needle biopsies (CNB) in 40 patients with nontreated breast cancers. To examine UQCRFS1 gene amplification, we employed fluorescent in situ hybridization using BACs RP11-46I12 that harbors UQCRFS1 gene, RP11-110J19 that overlaps to RP11-46I12, and CA125 as a control gene. The amplification data were evaluated blindly of histopathological factors.

RESULTS:

Amplification of UQCRFS1 gene was found in 5 of 39 specimens (12.8%). The specimens with amplified UQCRFS1 gene were associated with high grade of cancer cells (P = 0.005).

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that the UQCRFS1 gene appears to be involved in development of more aggressive phenotype of breast cancer.

PMID:
15047214
DOI:
10.1016/j.ygyno.2004.01.019
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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