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Breast Cancer Research: BCR

Mustapha Abubakar, Nick Orr, Frances Daley, Penny Coulson, H Raza Ali, Fiona Blows, Javier Benitez, Roger Milne, Herman Brenner, Christa Stegmaier, Arto Mannermaa, Jenny Chang-Claude, Anja Rudolph, Peter Sinn, Fergus J Couch, Peter Devilee, Rob A E M Tollenaar, Caroline Seynaeve, Jonine Figueroa, Mark E Sherman, Jolanta Lissowska, Stephen Hewitt, Diana Eccles, Maartje J Hooning, Antoinette Hollestelle, John W M Martens, Carolien H M van Deurzen, kConFab Investigators, Manjeet K Bolla, Qin Wang, Michael Jones, Minouk Schoemaker, Jelle Wesseling, Flora E van Leeuwen, Laura Van 't Veer, Douglas Easton, Anthony J Swerdlow, Mitch Dowsett, Paul D Pharoah, Marjanka K Schmidt, Montserrat Garcia-Closas
BACKGROUND: The value of KI67 in breast cancer prognostication has been questioned due to concerns on the analytical validity of visual KI67 assessment and methodological limitations of published studies. Here, we investigate the prognostic value of automated KI67 scoring in a large, multicentre study, and compare this with pathologists' visual scores available in a subset of patients. METHODS: We utilised 143 tissue microarrays containing 15,313 tumour tissue cores from 8088 breast cancer patients in 10 collaborating studies...
October 18, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Helena Sackey, Miao Hui, Kamila Czene, Helena Verkooijen, Gustaf Edgren, Jan Frisell, Mikael Hartman
BACKGROUND: The clinical behavior of in situ breast cancer is incompletely understood and several factors have been associated with invasive recurrence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term risk of subsequent breast cancer and mortality among women diagnosed with in situ breast cancer, in relation to family history METHODS: Using the population-based Swedish Multi-Generation and Cancer Registers we identified 8111 women diagnosed with in situ breast cancer between 1980 and 2004...
October 18, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Stephanie Romanus, Patrick Neven, Adelheid Soubry
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) theory focuses on the consequences of periconceptional and in utero exposures. A wide range of environmental conditions during early development are now being investigated as a driving force for epigenetic disruptions that enhance disease risk in later life, including cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine, and mental disorders and even breast cancer. Most studies involve mother-child dyads, with less focus on environmental influences through the father...
October 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Rachel Denholm, Bianca De Stavola, John H Hipwell, Simon J Doran, Marta C Busana, Amanda Eng, Mona Jeffreys, Martin O Leach, David Hawkes, Isabel Dos Santos Silva
BACKGROUND: Breast density, the amount of fibroglandular tissue in the adult breast for a women's age and body mass index, is a strong biomarker of susceptibility to breast cancer, which may, like breast cancer risk itself, be influenced by events early in life. In the present study, we investigated the association between pre-natal exposures and breast tissue composition. METHODS: A sample of 500 young, nulliparous women (aged approximately 21 years) from a U...
October 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Rong Zhang, Jingting Jiang, Weihong Sun, Jilei Zhang, Ke Huang, Xuewen Gu, Yi Yang, Xiulong Xu, Yufang Shi, Chengming Wang
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October 10, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Fredrik Strand, Keith Humphreys, Abbas Cheddad, Sven Törnberg, Edward Azavedo, John Shepherd, Per Hall, Kamila Czene
BACKGROUND: Interval breast cancers are often diagnosed at a more advanced stage than screen-detected cancers. Our aim was to identify features in screening mammograms of the normal breast that would differentiate between future interval cancers and screen-detected cancers, and to understand how each feature affects tumor detectability. METHODS: From a population-based cohort of invasive breast cancer cases in Stockholm-Gotland, Sweden, diagnosed from 2001 to 2008, we analyzed the contralateral mammogram at the preceding negative screening of 394 interval cancer cases and 1009 screen-detected cancers...
October 5, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Andrew D Skol, Mark M Sasaki, Kenan Onel
More than 12 % of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Although there have been tremendous advances in elucidating genetic risk factors underlying both familial and sporadic breast cancer, much of the genetic contribution to breast cancer etiology remains unknown. The discovery of BRCA1 and BRCA2 over 20 years ago remains the seminal event in the field and has paved the way for the discovery of other high-penetrance susceptibility genes by linkage analysis. The advent of genome-wide association studies made possible the next wave of discoveries, in which over 80 low-penetrance and moderate-penetrance variants were identified...
October 3, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Taru A Muranen, Carl Blomqvist, Thilo Dörk, Anna Jakubowska, Päivi Heikkilä, Rainer Fagerholm, Dario Greco, Kristiina Aittomäki, Stig E Bojesen, Mitul Shah, Alison M Dunning, Valerie Rhenius, Per Hall, Kamila Czene, Judith S Brand, Hatef Darabi, Jenny Chang-Claude, Anja Rudolph, Børge G Nordestgaard, Fergus J Couch, Steven N Hart, Jonine Figueroa, Montserrat García-Closas, Peter A Fasching, Matthias W Beckmann, Jingmei Li, Jianjun Liu, Irene L Andrulis, Robert Winqvist, Katri Pylkäs, Arto Mannermaa, Vesa Kataja, Annika Lindblom, Sara Margolin, Jan Lubinski, Natalia Dubrowinskaja, Manjeet K Bolla, Joe Dennis, Kyriaki Michailidou, Qin Wang, Douglas F Easton, Paul D P Pharoah, Marjanka K Schmidt, Heli Nevanlinna
BACKGROUND: P.I157T is a CHEK2 missense mutation associated with a modest increase in breast cancer risk. Previously, another CHEK2 mutation, the protein truncating c.1100delC has been associated with poor prognosis of breast cancer patients. Here, we have investigated patient survival and characteristics of breast tumors of germ line p.I157T carriers. METHODS: We included in the analyses 26,801 European female breast cancer patients from 15 studies participating in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium...
October 3, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Matthias Ilmer, Nachman Mazurek, Michael Z Gilcrease, James C Byrd, Wendy A Woodward, Thomas A Buchholz, Kim Acklin, Karen Ramirez, Margarete Hafley, Eckhard Alt, Jody Vykoukal, Robert S Bresalier
BACKGROUND: Galectin-3 (Gal3) plays diverse roles in cancer initiation, progression, and drug resistance depending on tumor type characteristics that are also associated with cancer stem cells (CSCs). Recurrence of breast carcinomas may be attributed to the presence of breast CSCs (BCSCs). BCSCs exist in mesenchymal-like or epithelial-like states and the transition between these states endows BCSCs with the capacity for tumor progression. The discovery of a feedback loop with galectins during epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) prompted us to investigate its role in breast cancer stemness...
September 29, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Marta Cecilia Busana, Amanda Eng, Rachel Denholm, Mitch Dowsett, Sarah Vinnicombe, Steve Allen, Isabel Dos-Santos-Silva
BACKGROUND: Full-field digital mammography, which is gradually being introduced in most clinical and screening settings, produces two types of images: raw and processed. However, the extent to which mammographic density measurements, and their ability to predict breast cancer risk, vary according to type of image is not fully known. METHODS: We compared the performance of the semi-automated Cumulus method on digital raw, "analogue-like" raw and processed images, and the performance of a recently developed method - Laboratory for Breast Radiodensity Assessment (LIBRA) - on digital raw and processed images, in a case-control study (414 patients (cases) and 684 controls) by evaluating the extent to which their measurements were associated with breast cancer risk factors, and by comparing their ability to predict breast cancer risk...
September 26, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Rania Chehade, Rachael Pettapiece-Phillips, Leonardo Salmena, Max Kotlyar, Igor Jurisica, Steven A Narod, Mohammad R Akbari, Joanne Kotsopoulos
BACKGROUND: BRCA1 mutation carriers face a high lifetime risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancer. Haploinsufficiency is thought to predispose these women to cancer by reducing the pool of available BRCA1 transcript and protein, thereby compromising BRCA1 function. Whether or not cancer-free BRCA1 mutation carriers have lower messenger (m)RNA transcript levels in peripheral blood leukocytes has not been evaluated. The primary aim of this study was to characterize an association between BRCA1 mutation status and BRCA1 mRNA leukocyte expression levels among healthy women with a BRCA1 mutation...
August 17, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Richard S Finn, John P Crown, Johannes Ettl, Marcus Schmidt, Igor M Bondarenko, Istvan Lang, Tamas Pinter, Katalin Boer, Ravindranath Patel, Sophia Randolph, Sindy T Kim, Xin Huang, Patrick Schnell, Sashi Nadanaciva, Cynthia Huang Bartlett, Dennis J Slamon
BACKGROUND: Palbociclib is an oral small-molecule inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6. In the randomized, open-label, phase II PALOMA-1/TRIO-18 trial, palbociclib in combination with letrozole improved progression-free survival (PFS) compared with letrozole alone as first-line treatment of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, advanced breast cancer (20.2 months versus 10.2 months; hazard ratio (HR) = 0.488, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0...
June 28, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Sabine Kasimir-Bauer, Ann-Kathrin Bittner, Lisa König, Katharina Reiter, Thomas Keller, Rainer Kimmig, Oliver Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with breast cancer (BC) undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) may experience metastatic relapse despite achieving a pathologic complete response. We analyzed patients with BC before and after NACT for disseminated tumor cells (DTCs) in the bone marrow(BM); comprehensively characterized circulating tumor cells (CTCs), including stem cell-like CTCs (slCTCs), in blood to prove the effectiveness of treatment on these cells; and correlated these findings with response to therapy, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS)...
February 12, 2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Jessica Byerly, Gwyneth Halstead-Nussloch, Koichi Ito, Igor Katsyv, Hanna Y Irie
BACKGROUND: The protein kinase C (PKC) family comprises distinct classes of proteins, many of which are implicated in diverse cellular functions. Protein tyrosine kinase C theta isoform (PRKCQ)/PKCθ, a member of the novel PKC family, may have a distinct isoform-specific role in breast cancer. PKCθ is preferentially expressed in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) compared to other breast tumor subtypes. We hypothesized that PRKCQ/PKCθ critically regulates growth and survival of a subset of TNBC cells...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Megan S Rice, Kimberly A Bertrand, Tyler J VanderWeele, Bernard A Rosner, Xiaomei Liao, Hans-Olov Adami, Rulla M Tamimi
BACKGROUND: High mammographic density (MD) is a strong risk factor for breast cancer. However, it is unclear whether high MD is an intermediate phenotype or whether breast cancer risk factors influence breast cancer risk and MD independently. METHODS: Our study population included 1290 invasive breast cancer cases and 3422 controls from the Nurses' Health Studies. We estimated the percent of the total association between the risk factor and breast cancer that was mediated by MD...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Kalatu R Davies, Abenaa M Brewster, Isabelle Bedrosian, Patricia A Parker, Melissa A Crosby, Susan K Peterson, Yu Shen, Robert J Volk, Scott B Cantor
BACKGROUND: Family history of breast cancer is associated with an increased risk of contralateral breast cancer (CBC) even in the absence of mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1/2. We compared quality-adjusted survival after contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) with surveillance only (no CPM) among women with breast cancer incorporating the degree of family history. METHODS: We created a microsimulation model for women with first-degree, second-degree, and no family history treated for a stage I, II, or III estrogen receptor (ER)-positive or ER-negative breast cancer at the ages of 40, 50, 60, and 70...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Matthew J Sikora, Britta M Jacobsen, Kevin Levine, Jian Chen, Nancy E Davidson, Adrian V Lee, Caroline M Alexander, Steffi Oesterreich
BACKGROUND: Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) of the breast typically presents with clinical biomarkers consistent with a favorable response to endocrine therapies, and over 90 % of ILC cases express the estrogen receptor (ER). However, a subset of ILC cases may be resistant to endocrine therapies, suggesting that ER biology is unique in ILC. Using ILC cell lines, we previously demonstrated that ER regulates a distinct gene expression program in ILC cells, and we hypothesized that these ER-driven pathways modulate the endocrine response in ILC...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Aimilia Gastounioti, Emily F Conant, Despina Kontos
BACKGROUND: The assessment of a woman's risk for developing breast cancer has become increasingly important for establishing personalized screening recommendations and forming preventive strategies. Studies have consistently shown a strong relationship between breast cancer risk and mammographic parenchymal patterns, typically assessed by percent mammographic density. This paper will review the advancing role of mammographic texture analysis as a potential novel approach to characterize the breast parenchymal tissue to augment conventional density assessment in breast cancer risk estimation...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Bethany N Hannafon, Yvonne D Trigoso, Cameron L Calloway, Y Daniel Zhao, David H Lum, Alana L Welm, Zhizhuang J Zhao, Kenneth E Blick, William C Dooley, W Q Ding
BACKGROUND: microRNAs are promising candidate breast cancer biomarkers due to their cancer-specific expression profiles. However, efforts to develop circulating breast cancer biomarkers are challenged by the heterogeneity of microRNAs in the blood. To overcome this challenge, we aimed to develop a molecular profile of microRNAs specifically secreted from breast cancer cells. Our first step towards this direction relates to capturing and analyzing the contents of exosomes, which are small secretory vesicles that selectively encapsulate microRNAs indicative of their cell of origin...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
Victoria Blakeman, Jack L Williams, Qing-Jun Meng, Charles H Streuli
Circadian clocks respond to environmental time cues to coordinate 24-hour oscillations in almost every tissue of the body. In the breast, circadian clocks regulate the rhythmic expression of numerous genes. Disrupted expression of circadian genes can alter breast biology and may promote cancer. Here we overview circadian mechanisms, and the connection between the molecular clock and breast biology. We describe how disruption of circadian genes contributes to cancer via multiple mechanisms, and link this to increased tumour risk in women who work irregular shift patterns...
2016: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
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