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J Mol Med (Berl). 2009 Feb;87(2):145-52. doi: 10.1007/s00109-008-0408-1. Epub 2008 Oct 21.

Genetic changes at specific stages of breast cancer progression detected by comparative genomic hybridization.

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Breast Cancer Research Key Laboratory of National (Education Ministry), Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Huan Hu Xi Road, Ti Yuan Bei, He Xi District, Tianjin, 300060, China.


Although a simple linear progression model for breast cancer has already been proposed, its validity still remains controversial. Especially, the genetic and molecular features of breast cancer at different stages during the development and progression, as well as their relationship, have rarely been studied under the same experimental conditions simultaneously. According to these limitations in this research area, the current study applied comparative genomic hybridization technique to investigate genomic changes in 15 cases of breast atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), 15 cases of ductal carcinomas in situ (DCIS), and 15 cases of invasive ductal carcinomas (IDC) and the relationship among the genetic changes. Thirty commonly altered regions that were identified included known (gains of 1q,8q, 17q,20q,Xq and losses of 8p,13q,16q,17p,22q) and several uncharacterized (gains of 2q,5p, 10p,12q,16p,18q, etc. and losses of 11p13-pter,11q,14q,Xp, etc). The overall frequency of copy number losses was higher in IDC than that in DCIS (P = 0.013). ADH showed more frequent gain of 17q than that in IDC (P = 0.007), and IDC exhibited a higher frequency for the loss of 22q than that in ADH (P = 0.018). On one hand, several common genomic changes shared by ADH, DCIS, and IDC make a linear relationship for these three lesions possible. On the other hand, the heterogeneity has also showed clonal diversification and different pathways of breast cancer progression. The regions of chromosomal copy number alterations may bring new insights into the strategy for tumor progression blocking and the discovery of new potential targets for breast cancer treatment.

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