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The tetraspanin CD151 forms stoichiometric complexes with laminin-binding integrins (e.g., alpha3beta1, alpha6beta1, and alpha6beta4) and regulates their ligand-binding and signaling functions. We have found that high expression of CD151 in breast cancers is associated with decreased overall survival (3.44-fold higher risk of death). Five-year estimated(More)
Integrin α3β1 regulates adhesive interactions of cells with laminins and have a critical role in adhesion-dependent cellular responses. Here, we examined the role of α3β1-integrin in ErbB2-dependent proliferation of breast cancer cells in three-dimensional laminin-rich extracellular matrix (3D lr-ECM). Depletion of α3β1 in ErbB2-overexpressing breast cancer(More)
BACKGROUND HER2 overexpression is an unfavorable prognostic factor in patients with breast cancer, but it is also a target for the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab, which is effective in adjuvant and palliative settings. HER2 positivity is an inclusion criterion for immunotherapy, but it is not a positive predictive factor, and only half of patients benefit(More)
AIMS WWOX is a tumour suppressor gene involved in various tumours including breast cancer. High chromosomal abnormalities in a genomic region spanned by WWOX are associated with the fact that this gene covers approximately 1 million base pairs of the second most affected among common chromosomal fragile sites FRA16D. We evaluated WWOX expression levels in(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated whether basal cytokeratin (CK5/6 or CK17) expression had an impact on survival in patients with operable breast cancer. METHODS Expression of CK5/6 or CK17 was analyzed by immunohistochemistry in 195 women with breast cancer. RESULTS In total, 72 (37%) tumor samples were regarded as being positive for CK5/6 or CK17. The(More)
Breast cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths in women. It is known that obesity is one of the risk factors of breast cancer. The subject of our interest was genes: FTO, MC4R and NRXN3–associated with obesity. In this study we have analyzed frequencies of genomic variants in FTO, MC4R and NRXN3 in the group of 134 breast cancer patients. We(More)
BACKGROUND Breast cancer is very heterogeneous disease at both the clinical and molecular levels. Most research is based on analysis of a single gene, but only complex investigation of genes involved in different cell processes such as apoptosis or signal transduction can help to better understand the biology of this type of tumour. Novel techniques such as(More)
Definitions of basal-like breast cancer phenotype vary, and microarray-based expression profiling analysis remains the gold standard for the identification of these tumors. Immunohistochemical identification of basal-like carcinomas is hindered with a fact, that on microarray level not all of them express basal-type cytokeratin 5/6, 14 and 17. We compared(More)
Gene expression analyses with cDNA microarray technology identified distinct groups of breast cancers. Tumors with no ER expression could be divided into three subgroups: "basal-like" subtype, HER2-positive subtype, and "normal breast-like". "Basal-like" subtype was characterized by high expression of keratins 5 and 17, laminin and fatty acid binding(More)
BACKGROUND The XRCC1 gene encoding the X-ray cross-complementing group 1 protein (XRCC1) is involved in the base excision repair (BER) pathway. METHODS The aim of this study was to investigate an association of the Arg194Trp and Arg399Gln polymorphisms of the XRCC1 gene with a risk of breast cancer occurrence and the response to adjuvant treatment among(More)