Loss of heterozygosity and allelic imbalance in apocrine adenosis of the breast.
ABSTRACT Recently, there have been studies suggesting that apocrine adenosis of the breast is a putative precancerous lesion, despite the generally held view that apocrine adenosis is benign. Because apocrine adenosis is almost always present as a small area or areas, it cannot be easily studied by conventional methods. In this study, areas of apocrine adenosis were microdissected from archival paraffin-embedded tissue to examine loss of heterozygosity and allelic imbalance compared with normal breast tissue epithelium from the same patients. Seventeen cases of apocrine adenosis, four associated with carcinoma, were analyzed using polymorphic microsatellite markers and polymerase chain reaction for loss of heterozygosity/allelic imbalance at eight loci that were reported to show allele loss or imbalance in invasive and in situ breast cancer. Loss of heterozygosity/allelic imbalance was detected in six of 17 cases of apocrine adenosis; three of 12 (25%) informative cases at 1p (MYCL1), two of seven (28.6%) at 11q (INT2), one of three (33.3%) at 13q (D13S267), two of 12 (16.7%) at 16q (D16S539), and two of 10 (20%) at 17q (D17S250). Neither loss of heterozygosity nor allelic imbalance has been identified at 1p (D1S252), 17p (TP53), or 17p (D17S513). In two of the four cases associated with carcinoma, loss of heterozygosity/allelic imbalance was seen in the same allele as in the synchronous carcinoma. These results suggest that molecular alterations, such as loss of heterozygosity and allelic imbalance, identified in apocrine adenosis may constitute an early event in the pathogenesis of breast cancer; reinforcing the possibility of apocrine adenosis being a putative precancerous lesion.
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ABSTRACT: Apocrine metaplasia (APM) is a common finding in the breast of postmenopausal women and is seen in a broad spectrum of lesions ranging from microscopic cysts to invasive apocrine carcinoma. Apocrine metaplasia within sclerosing adenosis is known as apocrine adenosis (AA) and is considered a benign lesion of the breast. Apocrine metaplasia and AA have been the subject of many studies; however, little is known about the dynamics of cell turnover in these lesions. Recent studies have shown that some forms of AA may show altered degree of proliferation along with altered expression of bcl-2 and bax proteins. In the current study, we investigate further aspects of apoptosis to help understand the mechanisms of cell turnover in AA and APM. To investigate cell turnover in APM and AA, immunohistochemistry was used to study the expression of the apoptotic markers Bak, Mcl-1, Bcl-x, and Bcl-x(L) in 45 cases of APM (13 cases of nonpapillary APM, 21 cases of simple papillary APM, and 11 cases of complex papillary APM). Also, 34 cases of AA (23 cases of non-atypical AA [NAA] and 11 cases of atypical AA [AAA]) were included in the study. The expression of hTERT and the proliferation marker Ki-67 were also determined. The TdT-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) technique was used to study the apoptotic status in 28 cases of APM (12 cases nonpapillary APM and 16 cases of papillary APM including simple and complex forms) and 22 cases of AA (15 cases of NAA and 7 cases of AAA). The results showed that all cases studied by immunohistochemistry were positive for the expression of Bak, Mcl-1, Bcl-x, and Bcl-x(L) showing a pattern of staining similar to that seen in the normal breast epithelium. There was no relation between hTERT positivity and the degree of proliferation in any of the lesions studied. The TUNEL results revealed an apoptotic index (AI) of 0.4% and 0.2% in the papillary and nonpapillary groups of APM, respectively. There was no statistical significance between the AI of these 2 groups and that of the normal breast epithelium (0.3%). The average Ki-67 index in the nonpapillary group was 0.7%, whereas in the papillary group, a value of 4% was recorded. In the cases of AA, an AI of 0.4% and 0.3% in NAA and AAA, respectively, was seen. There was no statistical significance between the AI of these 2 groups and that of the normal breast epithelium (0.3%). The Ki-67 index was 5.2% and 6.6% in the NAA and AAA, respectively. The current results show that apoptosis is not a common event in APM and AA even in the presence of increased proliferation, which may render some of these lesions more susceptible to oncogenic changes. Further studies are needed to study other apoptotic pathways that may be involved in cell turnover in these lesions.Annals of diagnostic pathology 02/2010; 14(1):1-7.
- Pathology International 10/2011; 61(10):615-7. · 1.72 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: G1/S transition defects have been a proposed requirement for tumor development. Apocrine metaplasia (APM) in the breast has been held as a sign of benignity. Yet, a number of studies have reported the presence of molecular abnormalities in some forms of APM suggesting a possible oncogenic potential for some of these lesions. We currently investigate the role of some of the cell cycle proteins, previously reported to be de-regulated in breast cancer, in an attempt to assess their significance in APM. Using immunohistochemistry, the expression of cyclin D1, cyclin A, p27, p21, p16, pRb and Ki-67 was examined in 93 cases of APM. The cases were divided into nonpapillary (NAPM) (30 cases) and papillary metaplasia (PAPM) (63 cases). PAPM was further subdivided into simple papillary (SPAPM) (29 cases), complex papillary (28 cases) and highly complex papillary (six cases). For statistical analysis, the last two groups were merged together (CPAPM). The results showed that increased histological complexity was associated with significant increase of proliferative capacity and alterations of the cell cycle control. The median Ki-67 index was 1.5% in SPAPM and 4.8% in the CPAPM. Also, alterations of the cell cycle regulators were significantly higher in the CPAPM than in the SPAPM. NAPM was generally similar to normal breast epithelium. Apocrine cells were negative for p16 while pRb was expressed in all cases. These findings suggest that in complex forms of APM, there is a considerable degree of cellular unrest. This may contribute to increased susceptibility to carcinogenesis.The Breast Journal 08/2009; 15(5):475-82. · 1.83 Impact Factor