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PAQR3 expression is downregulated in human breast cancers and correlated with HER2 expression

Zhenghu Li, Zhi-Qiang Ling, Weiwei Guo, Xiao-Xiao Lu, Yi Pan, Zhenzhen Wang and Yan Chen _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:12357-12368. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.3657

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Zhenghu Li1, Zhi-Qiang Ling2, Weiwei Guo1, Xiao-Xiao Lu2, Yi Pan1, Zhenzhen Wang1, Yan Chen1

1 Key Laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China

2 Zhejiang Cancer Research Institute, Zhejiang Province Cancer Hospital, Zhejiang Cancer Center, China

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Keywords: breast cancer, PAQR3, HER2, survival, cell proliferation

Received: February 02, 2015 Accepted: February 28, 2015 Published: March 26, 2015


PAQR3 is a newly discovered tumor suppressor and its functional role in breast cancer has not been well characterized. We report here that PAQR3 is associated with the progression and survival of human patients with breast cancer, as well as cell proliferation and migration of human breast cancer cells. PAQR3 mRNA level was robustly downregulated in human breast cancer samples compared with their corresponding para-cancerous histological normal tissues (n = 82, P < 0.0001). The mRNA level of PAQR3 was negatively correlated with HER2 expression (P < 0.0001) and disease-free survival of the patients (P < 0.0001). PAQR3 overexpression inhibited cell proliferation, colony formation and migration of breast cancer cells including MCF7, SKBR3, MDA-MD-231, MDA-MD-468 and MDA-MD-453 cells. Knockdown of PAQR3 in MDA-MD-231 cells elevated cell proliferation and migration. Inhibition of HER2 by trastuzumab increased PAQR3 expression in SKBR3 cells. In conclusion, PAQR3 expression is frequently downregulated in human breast cancers inversely correlated with HER2 expression. PAQR3 is able to modulate the proliferation and migration of breast cancer cells. Our data indicate that PAQR3 functions as a tumor suppressor in the development of human breast cancers.

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