, Volume 106, Issue 1, pp 49-56
Date: 09 Jan 2007

Down-regulation of PHLDA1 gene expression is associated with breast cancer progression

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Abstract

In a previous study, using differential display reverse transcriptase-PCR (DDRT-PCR) we showed that down-regulation of the PHLDA1 (pleckstrin homology-like domain, family A, member 1; also named TDAG51) mRNA was down-regulated in breast tumors compared with normal breast tissue. The present study was conducted to determine the expression pattern and predictive prognostic value of PHLDA1 in breast cancer. A series of 720 primary invasive breast tumors were examined for PHLDA1 expression. PHLDA1 mRNA expression was determined in 74 breast tumors using quantitative Real Time PCR analysis (qPCR). PHLDA1 protein expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) using Tissue Microarrays (TMA) containing 699 primary invasive breast tumors. Reduced PHLDA1 mRNA expression was identified in 72% (53/74) of the primary breast tumors analyzed. Seventy-three percent (512/699) of cases analyzed showed negative PHLDA1 protein expression. Down-regulation of PHLDA1 protein was a strong predictor of poor prognosis for breast cancer patients. Breast cancer patients with tumors that were negative for PHLDA1 protein expression had shorter disease free survival (P < 0.001) and overall survival (P < 0.001) than patients with tumors that were positive for PHLDA1 protein expression. In addition patients with tumors exhibiting reduced PHLDA1 expression and paucity for ER had the worse outcome (P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis indicated that PHLDA1 protein expression is an independent prognostic factor of patient survival. To our knowledge, the expression pattern of PHLDA1 in breast cancer has not previously been investigated. Our results provide strong evidence that reduced PHLDA1 expression is important in breast cancer progression and could serve as useful prognostic marker of disease outcome.