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Expression of E-cadherin and its relation to the p53 protein status in human breast carcinomas.

In breast carcinomas the TP53 gene is altered in 10-30% of cases. Alteration of the gene may lead to a general genomic instability, detected as deletions and/or amplifications at the gene level, and as altered expression at the mRNA and protein level. We have demonstrated a strong association between down-regulation of E-cadherin protein expression and alterations of the p53 protein, detected as TP53 gene mutation and/or protein accumulation in tumour samples from 210 patients with breast carcinomas (P < 0.001). Investigation of allelic imbalance using microsatellite markers located near the E-cadherin locus was also performed. A higher frequency of loss of heterozygosity in the microsatellite marker closest to the E-cadherin locus was observed in samples with down-regulation of E-cadherin protein expression. A higher frequency of down-regulation of the E-cadherin protein expression was found in invasive lobular carcinomas than in invasive ductal carcinomas, although this difference was of borderline significant (P = 0.084). Cases in the present series were also immunostained for cerB-2 protein overexpression. A significant association between p53 protein accumulation and cerbB-2 protein overexpression was seen (P = 0.036). The results of the present study indicate that p53 protein may play a role in regulation of E-cadherin protein expression.[1]


  1. Expression of E-cadherin and its relation to the p53 protein status in human breast carcinomas. Bukholm, I.K., Nesland, J.M., Kåresen, R., Jacobsen, U., Børresen-Dale, A.L. Virchows Arch. (1997) [Pubmed]
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