Expression characteristics of prostate-derived Ets factor support a role in breast and prostate cancer progression

Ashwani K. Sood, Rakhee Saxena, Jeff Groth, Mohamed M. Desouki, Chalong Cheewakriangkrai, Kerry J. Rodabaugh, Chitta S. Kasyapa, Joseph Geradts

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand the characteristics of prostate-derived Ets factor (PDEF) protein expression in breast and prostate cancer progression. A polyclonal antibody specific to PDEF was raised and reacted with tissue microarrays consisting of benign breast, in situ ductal, invasive ductal, and invasive lobular breast carcinomas. The antibody was also reacted with tissue microarrays, including benign prostate, prostate intraepithelial neoplasias (PINs), and prostate carcinomas. Increased expression of PDEF was identified in 18%, 50%, 46%, and 51% of benign breast tissues, intraductal, invasive ductal, and invasive lobular carcinomas, respectively. Importantly, in matched samples of benign breast vs tumor, 90% showed higher expression of PDEF in the tumor tissue. Moreover, in invasive breast carcinomas, increased PDEF expression tended to correlate with Her2/neu overexpression. Increased expression of PDEF was also found in 27%, 33%, and 40% of benign prostate tissues, PIN samples, and prostate adenocarcinomas, respectively. Again, in matching samples of cancer vs benign and cancer vs PIN, 68% and 70%, respectively, showed increased expression in the malignant tissue. Moreover, PDEF was found to be more highly expressed in tumors with intermediate or high Gleason score compared with low-grade tumors (P < .01). In addition, R1881 treatment induced PDEF expression in the LNCaP prostate tumor cell line, suggesting regulation of PDEF by androgens in vivo. Together, these results for the first time show frequent increased expression of PDEF protein in breast and prostate tumors and support a role for PDEF in breast and prostate cancer progression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1628-1638
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Pathology
Volume38
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Gleason score
  • PDEF
  • Prostate cancer
  • R1881
  • Tumor marker and target

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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    Sood, A. K., Saxena, R., Groth, J., Desouki, M. M., Cheewakriangkrai, C., Rodabaugh, K. J., Kasyapa, C. S., & Geradts, J. (2007). Expression characteristics of prostate-derived Ets factor support a role in breast and prostate cancer progression. Human Pathology, 38(11), 1628-1638. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humpath.2007.03.010