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Deletions of multidrug resistance gene loci in breast cancer leads to the down-regulation of its expression and predict tumor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Nikolai V. Litviakov, Nadezhda V. Cherdyntseva _, Matvey M. Tsyganov, Еlena М. Slonimskaya, Marina K. Ibragimova, Polina V. Kazantseva, Julia Kzhyshkowska and Eugeniy L. Choinzonov

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:7829-7841. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.6953

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Nikolai V. Litviakov1,2, Nadezhda V. Cherdyntseva2,3, Matvey M. Tsyganov1,2, Elena M. Slonimskaya4, Marina K. Ibragimova1, Polina V. Kazantseva4, Julia Kzhyshkowska2,5, Eugeniy L. Choinzonov6

1Laboratory of Oncovirology, Tomsk Cancer Research Institute, Tomsk, Russian Federation

2Laboratory of Translational Cell and Molecular Biomedicine, National Research Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russian Federation

3Laboratory of Molecular Oncology and Immunology, Tomsk Cancer Research Institute, Tomsk, Russian Federation

4Department of General Oncology, Tomsk Cancer Research Institute, Tomsk, Russian Federation

5Department of Innate Immunity and Tolerance, Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immunology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany

6Department of Head and Neck Cancer, Tomsk Cancer Research Institute, Tomsk, Russian Federation

Correspondence to:

Nadezhda V. Cherdyntseva, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: breast cancer, microarray analysis, chromosomal abnormalities, expression of multidrug resistance genes, neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Received: July 17, 2015     Accepted: December 05, 2015     Published: January 20, 2016


Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) is intensively used for the treatment of primary breast cancer. In our previous studies, we reported that clinical tumor response to NAC is associated with the change of multidrug resistance (MDR) gene expression in tumors after chemotherapy. In this study we performed a combined analysis of MDR gene locus deletions in tumor DNA, MDR gene expression and clinical response to NAC in 73 BC patients. Copy number variations (CNVs) in biopsy specimens were tested using high-density microarray platform CytoScanTM HD Array (Affymetrix, USA). 75%–100% persons having deletions of MDR gene loci demonstrated the down-regulation of MDR gene expression. Expression of MDR genes was 2–8 times lower in patients with deletion than in patients having no deletion only in post-NAC tumors samples but not in tumor tissue before chemotherapy. All patients with deletions of ABCB1 ABCB 3 ABCC5 gene loci – 7q21.1, 6p21.32, 3q27 correspondingly, and most patients having deletions in ABCC1 (16p13.1), ABCC2 (10q24), ABCG1 (21q22.3), ABCG2 (4q22.1), responded favorably to NAC. The analysis of all CNVs, including both amplification and deletion showed that the frequency of 13q14.2 deletion was 85% among patients bearing tumor with the deletion at least in one MDR gene locus versus 9% in patients with no deletions. Differences in the frequency of 13q14.2 deletions between the two groups were statistically significant (p = 2.03 ×10−11, Fisher test, Bonferroni-adjusted p = 1.73 × 10−8). In conclusion, our study for the first time demonstrates that deletion MDR gene loci can be used as predictive marker for tumor response to NAC.

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