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BRCA1/2 mutations represent approximately 5 % of unselected Chinese women with breast cancer. However, the breast cancer risk of Chinese women with BRCA1/2 mutations is unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate the age-specific cumulative risk of breast cancer in Chinese women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Our study included 1816(More)
PURPOSE Recently, a 36-kDa variant of estrogen receptor alpha (ER-alpha66), ER-alpha36, has been identified and cloned. ER-alpha36 predominantly localizes on the plasma membrane and in the cytoplasm and mediates a membrane-initiated "nongenomic" signaling pathway. Here, we investigate the association between ER-alpha36 expression and tamoxifen resistance in(More)
PURPOSE Recent studies have highlighted that the p53 codon 72 polymorphism plays a crucial role in modulating wild-type p53 apoptotic capacity, and as such may influence the response to chemotherapy. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate whether the p53 codon 72 polymorphism might influence pathologic response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in(More)
The association between the CHEK2 and breast cancer risk in Chinese women is unknown. Here, we screened the full CHEK2 coding sequence in 118 Chinese familial breast cancer cases who are negative for mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, one recurrent mutation, CHEK2 c.1111C>T (p.H371Y), was identified in five index cases in this cohort. Functional analysis(More)
Although there are some studies to investigate germline mutations in BRCA1/2 genes in Chinese women with familial breast cancer, many of them suffer relatively small sample size. In this study, we screened germline mutations in BRCA1/2 genes in a cohort of 409 Chinese women with familial breast cancer from north China by using a PCR-sequencing assay. A(More)
The genetic cause for approximately 80% of familial breast cancer patients is unknown. Here, by sequencing the entire exomes of nine early-onset familial breast cancer patients without BRCA1/2 mutations (diagnosed with breast cancer at or before the age of 35) we found that two index cases carried a potentially deleterious mutation in the RECQL gene (RecQ(More)
The data related to BRCA1 germline mutation in Chinese women with familial breast cancer is increasing. However, little is known the frequency of BRCA1 mutations in Chinese women with familial or early-onset breast cancer from Northern China, and few studies are available to investigate the clinicopathological characteristics of BRCA1 tumors in Chinese(More)
p73 gene shares structural and functional similarities to p53, and plays an important role in modulating cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis. A common non-coding polymorphism of exon 2 of the p73 gene (designated as GC/AT) may affect gene expression, thus, it may lead to functional significance. The correlation of this polymorphism with breast cancer survival(More)
We determined the prevalence and characteristics of BRCA1/2 germline mutations in a large cohort of Chinese women with breast cancer. A total of 5931 unselected Chinese women with breast cancer were enrolled in this study and underwent testing for BRCA1/2 mutations. Of these, 543 patients were familial breast cancer, 1033 were early-onset disease (≤40(More)