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Matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression in breast carcinoma: a marker for unfavorable prognosis

Ji Wang, Chenyang Ye, Demin Lu, Yongxia Chen, Yunlu Jia, Xiaogang Ying, Hanchu Xiong, Wenhe Zhao _, Jichun Zhou and Linbo Wang

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:91379-91390. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20557

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Ji Wang1,2,*, Chenyang Ye3,*, Demin Lu3,4,*, Yongxia Chen1,2, Yunlu Jia1,2, Xiaogang Ying1,2, Hanchu Xiong1,2, Wenhe Zhao1,2, Jichun Zhou1,2 and Linbo Wang1,2

1Department of Surgical Oncology, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310016, China

2Biomedical Research Center and Key Laboratory of Biotherapy of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310016, China

3Cancer Institute, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Intervention, China National Ministry of Education, Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310009, China

4Department of Medical Oncology, Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310009, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Wenhe Zhao, email: [email protected]

Jichun Zhou, email: [email protected]

Linbo Wang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: MMP1, breast cancer, immunohistochemistry, prognosis, overall survival

Received: June 27, 2017    Accepted: August 04, 2017    Published: August 24, 2017


Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP1) is a member of the matrix metalloproteinases family, and its aberrant expression is implicated in tumor invasion and metastasis. However, the relationship between MMP1 abnormal expression and clinical outcome in breast cancer patients remains to be elucidated. To address this issue, we conducted immunohistochemistry in breast cancer and adjacent normal tissues, and mined the transcriptional and survival data of MMP1 in breast cancer patients through Oncomine, Kaplan-Meier Plotter, bc-GenExMiner, COSMIC and cBioPortal databases. First, we found that both protein and mRNA levels of MMP1 expression were significantly higher in breast cancer tissues. Second, high MMP1 mRNA expression correlated with worse overall survival among grade II (HR = 1.75; p = 0.011), nodal-negative (HR = 2.00; p = 0.00028), ER-positive (HR = 1.61; p = 0.00027) and HER2-negative (HR = 3.17; p = 0.029) patients with breast cancer by using Kaplan-Meier plotter database. Third, the overexpression of MMP1 was associated with unfavorable survival results including overall survival (HR = 1.6; p = 1.6e-05), relapse free survival (HR = 1.78; p < 1e-16) and distant metastasis free survival (HR = 1.65; p = 5.3e-05) in patients with breast cancer. Taken together, the expression status of MMP1 is a significant prognostic indicator and a potential drug target for breast cancer.

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