Cyclin D1 expression in triple-negative breast cancer with new treatment implications

Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024     |     PP. 49-57      |     PDF (127 K)    |     Pub. Date: October 15, 2016
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Paul H. Hartel, MD, Davis Medical Center of Davis Health System, Elkins, West Virgini;West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia;West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Donald R. Fleming, MD, Davis Medical Center of Davis Health System, Elkins, West Virgini;West Virginia School of Medicine, Morgantown, West Virginia;West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

While targeted therapies are available for breast cancer patients whose tumors express ER, PR, or show HER-2 overexpression, no such treatment exists for “triple-negative” cases. As immunohistiochemistry (IHC) expression of Cyclin D1 has been shown concordant with Cyclin D1 gene amplification, we evaluated Cyclin D1 IHC expression in 25 cases of triple-negative invasive ductal carcinoma to clarify its relationship with clinical and pathologic parameters. Twenty-six invasive carcinomas negative for ER, PR, and HER-2 were reviewed. Clinical information, including treatment response, was gleaned from patient records. Tumors were morphologically reviewed and Cyclin D1 IHC applied using BCL-1. Chi square and t-test statistical analyses were performed. Patients were female and had a mean age of 59 years. Tumors were invasive ductal carcinomas of no special type, Nottingham grade 1, 2 and 3. All tumors showed Cyclin D1 expression from light and focal staining to focal intense staining. Patients with tumors showing intense BCL-1 staining had larger tumors with more capillary/lymphatic invasion and lymph node metastases and were less likely to respond to treatment. Cyclin D1 expression may serve as a marker for more biologically aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. These tumors may respond to targeted therapy that down-regulates Cyclin D1 amplification. Further research with larger sample sizes is needed.

triple negative, breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma, cyclin D1, immunohistochemistry, personalized medicine

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Paul H. Hartel, MD, Donald R. Fleming, MD, Cyclin D1 expression in triple-negative breast cancer with new treatment implications , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2024 | PP. 49-57.


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