Mei Liu

307 Hospital of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Peping, Beijing, China

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    ABSTRACT: Breast carcinoma with choriocarcinomatous features (BCCF) is a rare variant of breast cancer, characterized by high expression of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in cancer cells such as multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast-like giant cells. The first case of BCCF was reported in 1981 by Saigo and Rosen. Only one case of BCCF was reported to show no component of breast ductal carcinoma, and only partially cancer cells, such as multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast-like giant cells, expressed HCG in all previous BCCF cases. Here, we report the first BCCF case without any component of breast ductal carcinoma in which HCG was found to express in all cancer cells.
    World Journal of Surgical Oncology 07/2014; 12(1):239. · 1.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aplysia ras homolog member I (ARHI) is a tumor suppressor gene and is downregulated in various cancers. The downregulation of ARHI was regulated by miR-221 in prostate cancer cell lines. However, it has not been reported whether ARHI is regulated by miR-221 in breast cancer. Here, we reported that the ARHI protein level was downregulated in breast cancer tissues and breast cancer cell lines. The overexpression of ARHI could inhibit cell proliferation and invasion and induce cell apoptosis. To address whether ARHI is regulated by miR-221 in breast cancer cell lines, the results in this study showed that a significant inverse correlation existed between ARHI and miR-221. MiR-221 displayed an upregulation in breast cancer tissues and breast cancer cell lines. The inhibition of miR-221 induced a significant upregulation of ARHI in MCF-7 cells. To prove a direct interaction between miR-221 and ARHI mRNA, ARHI 3'UTR, which includes the potential target site for miR-221, was cloned downstream of the luciferase reporter gene of the pMIR-REPORT vector to generate the pMIR-ARHI-3'UTR vector. The results confirmed a direct interaction of miR-221 with a target site on the 3'UTR of ARHI. In conclusion, ARHI is a tumor suppressor gene that is downregulated in breast cancer. The overexpression of ARHI could inhibit breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion and induce cell apoptosis. This study demonstrated for the first time that the downregulation of ARHI in breast cancer cells could be regulated by miR-221.
    Tumor Biology 06/2013; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to evaluate the expression of microRNA-182 (miR-182) in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) tissues and the TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231 and to investigate the effects of mirR-182 on the cellular behavior of MDA-MB-231 and the expression of the target gene profilin 1 (PFN1), thus providing new methods and new strategies for the treatment of TNBC. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was utilized to evaluate the expression of miR-182 in TNBC tissues, relatively normal tissues adjacent to TNBC and the TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231. Forty-eight hours after the MDA-MB-231 cells were transfected with the miR-182 inhibitor, qRT-PCR was utilized to detect the changes in miR-182 expression levels, and an MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay was utilized to determine the effects of miR-182 on cell viability. Flow cytometry was adopted to determine whether miR-182 affects the proliferation rates and apoptosis levels of the MDA-MB-231 cells. The transwell migration assay method was used to investigate the effects of miR-182 on the migration of the MDA-MB-231 cells. A luciferase reporter gene system was applied to validate that PFN1 was the target gene of miR-182. Western blot was used to measure the effects of miR-182 on the PFN1 protein expression levels in the cells. qRT-PCR results showed that compared with the relatively normal tissues adjacent to TNBC, miR-182 expression was significantly increased in the TNBC tissues and the MDA-MB-231 cells (p < 0.01). Compared with the control group, MDA-MB-231 cells transfected with the miR-182 inhibitor and incubated for 48 h showed significantly decreased miR-182 expression (p < 0.01). The results of an MTT assay showed that inhibition of miR-182 in MDA-MB-231 cells led to significantly reduced cell viability (p < 0.05). Flow cytometry analysis indicated that inhibition of miR-182 expression resulted in significantly decreased cell proliferation (p < 0.05) and significantly increased levels of apoptosis (p < 0.05). The results of a transwell migration assay showed that after inhibited of miR-182 expression, the number of cells passing through the transwell membranes was significantly decreased (p < 0.05). The results from a luciferase reporter gene system showed that compared with the control group, the relative luciferase activity of the group transfected with the miR-182 inhibitor was significantly increased (p < 0.05). Western blot analysis showed that compared with the control group, PFN1 protein expression levels were significantly increased in the MDA-MB-231 cells transfected with the miR-182 inhibitor and incubated for 48 h (p < 0.05). In conclusion, miR-182 is upregulated in TNBC tissues and cells. It promotes the proliferation and invasion of MDA-MB-231 cells and could negatively regulate PFN1 protein expression. Treatment strategies utilizing inhibition of miR-182 expression or overexpression of the PFN1 gene might benefit patients with TNBC.
    Tumor Biology 02/2013; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of B cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) on the proliferation, apoptosis, and invasion of triple-negative breast cancer and to provide an experimental basis for the future treatment of human triple-negative breast cancer. A pcDNA3.1-BTG2 eukaryotic expression vector was constructed and transfected into the MDA-MB-231 human triple-negative breast cancer cell line using lipofection. Then, relevant changes in the biological characteristics of the BTG2-expressing cell line were analyzed using MTT (tetrazolium blue), flow cytometry, and Transwell invasion chamber assays. Additionally, the effects of BTG2 expression on cyclin D1, caspase 3, and matrix metalloproteinases 1/2 (MMP-1/-2) expression were analyzed. Cell proliferation was significantly lower in the pcDNA3.1-BTG2-transfected group compared to the empty vector and blank control groups (p < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the empty vector and blank control groups. FCM results demonstrated that there were significantly more cells in the G1 phase of the cell cycle and fewer S phase cells in the pcDNA3.1-BTG2 group than in the empty vector and blank control groups (p < 0.05). Additionally, the proportion of cells that migrated across the membrane was significantly lower in the pcDNA3.1-BTG2 group than in the empty vector and blank control groups (p < 0.05). Cyclin D1 and MMP-1/-2 expression were significantly lower in MDA-MB-231 cells transfected with pcDNA3.1-BTG2 as compared to the empty vector and blank control groups (p < 0.05). Caspase 3 expression was significantly higher in MDA-MB-231 cells from the pcDNA3.1-BTG2 group compared to the empty vector and blank control groups (p < 0.05). In conclusion, BTG2 may inhibit MDA-MB-231 proliferation and promote apoptosis. Additionally, BTG2 may also inhibit the invasion of MDA-MB-231 human triple-negative breast cancer cells.
    Tumor Biology 02/2013; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), measured by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for the diagnosis of breast lesions presenting as mass and non-mass-like enhancement (NMLE). The breast MRI studies of 174 patients were reviewed retrospectively. A total of 188 histologically confirmed lesions were analyzed and classified into 127 mass enhancement (86 malignant and 41 benign) and 61 NMLE (42 malignant and 19 benign). The ADC values were measured using a spin-echo echo-planner-imaging (SE-EPI) sequence with b = 1,000 s/mm(2). Diagnostic performance was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The mean ADC was 0.99 ± 0.22 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s for invasive cancer, 1.23 ± 0.33 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and 1.52 ± 0.35 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s for benign adenosis. The mean ADC of all NMLE lesions was 1.44 ± 0.41 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s, which is higher than the mean ADC of all mass lesions, 1.12 ± 0.33 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s. In the ROC analysis, the optimal cutoff ADC value for differentiating benign from malignant lesions was 1.05 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s for mass lesions and 1.35 × 10(-3) mm(2)/s for NMLE. In conclusion, ADC values can be used for the diagnosis of invasive and DCIS as well as benign tumors. The NMLE lesions tend to have higher ADC values than mass lesions; therefore, the morphological appearance of a lesion needs to be considered when using the ADC value for diagnosis.
    Tumor Biology 02/2013; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective. To assess the safety, cosmetic effects, and clinical efficacy of breast-conserving surgery combined with intraoperative radiation therapy for the treatment of Chinese patients with breast cancer. Methods. Breast-conserving surgery combined with intraoperative radiation therapy was performed in 64 breast cancer patients. The postoperative short-term efficacy, safety, and cosmetic effects were assessed.Results. Of the 64 patients, 1 case (1.6%) had local recurrence one year later, 7 cases (10.9%) had grade I postoperative radiation-induced lung injury, 10 cases (15.6%) had local hardening at the surgical sites, 8 cases (12.5 %) had changes in skin color, and 8 cases (12.5%) had pain at the surgical sites. Excellent or good levels of cosmetic effects were achieved in 95.3% of the patients. Conclusions. The application of intraoperative radiation therapy with breast-conserving surgery can yield satisfactory short-term curative efficacy, a high level of clinical safety, and good cosmetic effects.
    Tumori. 11/2012; 98(6):736-42.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of biological markers to predict pathologic complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) in patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC) One hundred and twelve consecutive patients with clinical stage III LABC who had received NCT with docetaxel and epirubicin from March 2006 to March 2009 were included in this retrospective study. The pre-NCT treatment expression levels of Ki-67 proliferation index, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), Topoisomerase II alpha (Topo-II), and nm23-H1 were detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC). A total of 361 cycles were administered with the median number of three cycles per patient (range, 2-6). The pCR rate was 9.8% (95% CI, 4.3-15.3%). In univariate analysis, poor tumor differentiation, both negative of ER/PgR, negative Topo-II, and positive nm23-H1 were found to be significantly predictive of a pCR. ER/PgR status and nm23-H1 were significant for pCR on multivariate analysis (P = 0.006 and 0.025, respectively). ER/PgR status and nm23-H1 are independent predictive factors of pCR to neoadjuvant docetaxel plus epirubicin combination chemotherapy in patients with LABC.
    Medical Oncology 12/2011; 28 Suppl 1:S48-54. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of biological markers to predict pathologic complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant docetaxel plus epirubicin combination chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC). Two hundred and twenty consecutive patients with LABC who had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) with docetaxel and epirubicin from March 2006 to March 2009 were included in this retrospective study. The pre- and post-neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) treatment expression levels and changes of Ki-67 proliferation index, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), cyclin D1, and nm23-H1 were detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC). The pCR rate was 9.1% (95% CI, 5.3-12.9%). In univariate analysis, poor tumor differentiation, OR after 2 cycles of NCT, both negative of ER/PgR, negative HER-2, positive cyclin D1, and positive nm23-H1 were found to be significantly predictive of a pCR. Histological grade and ER/PgR status were significant for pCR on multivariate analysis (P = 0.023 and 0.003, respectively). The expression levels of cyclin D1 (median, 8% vs. 9%; P = 0.016) after NCT treatment increased significantly, while the median Ki-67 proliferation index was dramatically decreased after NCT treatment from 35 to 15% (P = 0.036). However, after a Bonferroni adjustment, only the difference of Ki-67 proliferation index was still significant (P = 0.026). Histological grade and ER/PgR status are independent predictive factors of pCR to neoadjuvant docetaxel plus epirubicin combination chemotherapy in locally advanced breast cancer. Expression of HER-2, Ki-67, cyclin D1, and nm23-H1 were not predictive for pCR.
    Medical Oncology 12/2011; 28 Suppl 1:S31-8. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values to predict treatment response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) in patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC). Thirty-two patients with LABC underwent 2-4 cylces of NCT (docetaxel and epirubicin). The DW-MRI scans were performed within one week prior to chemotherapy and after the first course of treatment, respectively. Accordingly, tumor volumes, changes in tumor ADC values, and their degree of correlation were analyzed. The overall response (OR) was observed in 62.5% (95% CI, 45.7-79.3%) of patients after 2 cycles of NCT. The clinical complete response (CR) rate and pathological CR (pCR) rate were 15.6 and 9.4%, respectively. The stable disease (SD) rate was 34.4% (11 patients), and progressive disease (PD) was observed in only one patient (3.1%). After the first cycle of NCT, the ADC values in the CR + PR group significantly increased (P < 0.001). The initial ADC values before chemotherapy in the OR group were significantly lower than those in the SD + PD group (P < 0.001). The initial ADC values and the changes in tumor volume after chemotherapy were negatively correlated (r = -0.58, P = 0.02). The lower the initial tumor ADC value was the more obvious the decrease in tumor volume after chemotherapy. The changes in ADC values of tumors after chemotherapy and the changes in tumor volume were positively correlated (r = 0.96, P < 0.001). After chemotherapy, the greater the change in ADC value, the more the tumor volume was reduced. Using the initial ADC values of breast cancer tumors and the early changes in ADC values after NCT, we may be able to predict tumor response to chemotherapy. Tumors with low initial ADC values may be sensitive to chemotherapy; tumors with significantly increasing ADC values early after chemotherapy may be sensitive to chemotherapy.
    Medical Oncology 02/2011; 29(2):425-31. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the importance of biological markers to predict pathologic complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) in patients with locally advanced triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs). Forty-one patients (18.6%) among 220 breast cancer patients were identified as TNBCs from March 2006 to 2009 were included in this prospective study. The pre-NCT treatment expression levels of Ki-67 proliferation index, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), CK5/6, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), cyclin D1, and nm23-H1 were detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC). A total of 180 cycles were administered with the median number of four cycles per patient (range, 4-6). The pCR rate was 34.1% (95% CI, 19.6-48.6%). In univariate analysis, early T stage, clinical response after 2 cycles, negative basal-like, negative EGFR, high Ki-67 proliferation index, and positive nm23-H1 were found to be significantly predictive of a pCR (P = 0.010, 0.040, 0.007, 0.001, 0.019, and 0.010, respectively). Basal-like status and nm23-H1 status were significant for pCR on multivariate analysis (P = 0.004 and 0.031, respectively). Basal-like status and nm23-H1 are independent predictive factors of pCR to neoadjuvant docetaxel plus epirubicin combination chemotherapy in patients with TNBCs.
    Medical Oncology 11/2010; 28 Suppl 1:S129-34. · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy of breast tumors. six hundred and sixty-seven cases of core needle biopsy of breast encountered during the period from January, 2004 to June, 2007 were retrieved from the archival file and retrospectively reviewed. The core needle biopsy diagnoses were correlated with the histologic findings of the subsequent surgical excision specimens. The discrepancies were further analyzed. three hundred and eighty-two patients had core needle biopsy diagnosis followed by local excision, breast conservation surgery or mastectomy. Two hundred and eighty-one cases were confirmed to have malignancy in the surgical specimens. Review of the corresponding core needle biopsies showed 4 false-negative cases, no false-positive cases, 28 cases with underestimation and 2 cases with overestimation. The false-negative rate was 1.4% (4/281). The rate of underestimation for ductal carcinoma-in-situ was 6/11. The diagnostic accuracy of core needle biopsy was 94.7% (266/281). in order to improve the diagnostic accuracy of core needle biopsy of breast tumors, recognition of the limitation of the procedure, application of immunohistochemistry and awareness of potentially rare entities are important.
    Zhonghua bing li xue za zhi Chinese journal of pathology 11/2010; 39(11):739-42.