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Indian J Pathol Microbiol. 2020 Jan-Mar;63(1):13-18. doi: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_419_19.

Association of different patterns of expression of beta-catenin and cyclin D1 with pathogenesis of breast carcinoma.

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1
Department of Pathology and Surgery, M.L.N. Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.
2
Department of Onco-Surgery, Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Background:

Beta-catenin and cyclin D1 have attracted considerable attention in recent studies as potential proto-oncogenes in many human cancers especially colonic cancer. Beta-catenin plays multiple roles within the cell such as canonical Wnt signaling where cyclin D1 has been identified as one of its target genes. The role of beta-catenin and cyclin D1 in breast cancer has been evaluated in many studies but not established yet.

Materials and Methods:

The expression of beta-catenin and cyclin D1 was evaluated in 82 cases of breast carcinoma (BCa) and 32 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ(DCIS) by immunohistochemistry (IHC). Their relationship with clinicopathological features was also investigated. Statistical analysis was done to establish an association.

Results:

Abnormal expression of beta-catenin (ABE) was seen in 80.2% cases of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and 47% cases of DCIS, while the cyclin D1 positive expression rate was 60.9% and 50%, respectively. In the cases showing ABE, cyclin D1 positivity was 88.1%. ABE showed significant association with high-grade BCa. The most common pattern of ABE was loss of membrane with nuclear positivity which is associated with worst prognosis. In addition, ABE in cases of BCa and DCIS showed concordant patterns.

Conclusion:

Therefore, an association exists between ABE and cyclin D1 in BCa and its precursor lesions implying that Wnt/beta-catenin oncogenic pathway may have a definite role in breast carcinogenesis and can be used for targeted therapy. Also, different patterns of beta-catenin expression may have prognostic and predictive value.

KEYWORDS:

Beta-catenin; Wnt signaling pathway; breast carcinoma; cyclin D1

PMID:
32031116
DOI:
10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_419_19
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