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Br J Cancer. 1989 Dec;60(6):815-8.

P-glycoprotein expression in treated and untreated human breast cancer.

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German Cancer Research Centre, Institute of Experimental Pathology, Heidelberg.


The expression of P-glycoprotein in primary and recurrent human breast cancer was investigated by means of immunohistochemistry, using a monoclonal antibody (C219) and the streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase method. Twelve patients received no chemotherapeutic treatment. The other 11 patients were treated with chemotherapy, and all developed clinical resistance to it. No or only minimal reactivity was found in specimens coming from the untreated patients (12 cases) or from patients treated with substances not involved in the multidrug resistance phenomenon (four cases). In contrast, three out of seven tumours from patients treated with multidrug resistance related substances showed clear reactivity (positive staining in more than 20% of the tumour cells). In one of these cases, where specimens of the tumour could be studied before and after treatment, an association between the latter and expression of P-glycoprotein was suggested. Finally, this marked expression of P-glycoprotein only took place in tumours treated over a longer space of time (five courses or more of multidrug resistance related chemotherapy).

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