Immunophenotyping analysis in invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast: Role of CD24 and CD44 isoforms expression

Simonetti, Sara; Terracciano, Luigi; Zlobec, Inti; Kilic, Ergin; Stasio, Loredana; Quarto, Maria; Pettinato, Guido; Insabato, Luigi (2012). Immunophenotyping analysis in invasive micropapillary carcinoma of the breast: Role of CD24 and CD44 isoforms expression. Breast, 21(2), pp. 165-70. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.breast.2011.09.004

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We analyzed immunohistochemically the expression of CD24 and spliced variants of CD44v5 and v9 in invasive micropapillary carcinoma (IMPC) of the breast that is a rather aggressive tumor characterized by alteration of cells adhesion molecules, early lymph node metastases and poor prognosis. We analyzed 31 high-grade IMPCs and compared their expression to 22 high grade (G3) invasive ductal carcinomas of the breast (IDCs). We found a higher expression of CD24 in high-grade IMPCs with a peculiar inverted apical localization, compared to IDCs, showing a strong cytoplasmic staining; normal breast tissue resulted completely negative. IMPCs showed reduced expression of CD44v5 and CD44v9 compared with IDCs, but without a statistical significant difference. This study demonstrated that IMPC represents a distinct entity of breast carcinoma with high expression of CD24 with a typical inverted apical membrane pattern and reduction of CD44 isoforms v5 and v9, compared to IDCs. These features could explain the high lymph-vascular invasion propensity and higher metastatic capability of these tumors and could be a useful tool for a future targeted therapy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Pathology

UniBE Contributor:

Terracciano, Luigi and Zlobec, Inti

ISSN:

0960-9776

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:17

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 19:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.breast.2011.09.004

PubMed ID:

22014860

Web of Science ID:

000268307700101

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/5012 (FactScience: 209711)

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