Comparative Clinical Pathology

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 63–67 | Cite as

Methylation pattern and mutational status of BRCA1 in canine mammary tumors in a Brazilian population

  • Verena da Costa Ferreira
  • Danilo do Rosário Pinheiro
  • Raissa Melo de Sousa
  • Lucien Roberta Valente Miranda de Aguirra
  • Washington Luiz Assunção Pereira
  • Rommel Mario Rodriguez Burbano
  • Bárbara do Nascimento BorgesEmail author
Brief Communication


In female dogs, mammary tumors are the most common neoplasia representing about 50% of the tumors affecting this species. In women, the importance of mutations in BRCA1 and mammary tumors development is well established. However, little information is available on the molecular mechanisms that contribute to canine mammary tumors. In this work, we evaluated the mutational and methylation status of the BRCA1 gene, in tumoral and non-tumoral tissues of canine mammary glands in order to characterize its influence in mammary carcinogenesis on this species. Samples of 16 animals were collected and two hotspot regions (intron 8-exon 9 and 5′UTR) were sequenced. For methylation analysis, the bisulfite sequencing PCR approach was used. No evidence of hypermethylation was observed in the BRCA1 promoter region, suggesting this mechanism may not be involved in BRCA1 silencing in canine mammary tumorigenesis. No alteration was observed in intron 8-exon 9 region. On the other hand, two polymorphisms in the 5′UTR region were observed: a transition (T > C) that has not been previously described in the literature, and observed in one patient with an unfavorable prognosis, and the previously described transversion (C > G). We suggest that methylation is not the main BRCA1 inactivation mechanism in sporadic CMTs. Regarding the genetic alterations, two variations were detected in our population, and we were able to detect regional allele frequency differences in our population.


BRCA1 Dog Mammary cancer Mutation 



The authors are thankful to the anonymous reviewers of the manuscript. V.C.F, D.R.P, and L.R.V.M.A were awarded with a master fellowship from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and R.M.S. was awarded with a master fellowship from CNPq.


This study was funded by the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) (479667/2013-6 and 431801/2016-9) for.

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Conflicting interests

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics statement

All procedures were approved by the Ethics Committee on Animal Use from Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia (Protocol 23,084.000265/2013-53) and all animals’ owners signed a written informed consent


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Verena da Costa Ferreira
    • 1
  • Danilo do Rosário Pinheiro
    • 1
  • Raissa Melo de Sousa
    • 1
  • Lucien Roberta Valente Miranda de Aguirra
    • 2
  • Washington Luiz Assunção Pereira
    • 2
  • Rommel Mario Rodriguez Burbano
    • 3
  • Bárbara do Nascimento Borges
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Molecular Biology Laboratory, Institute of Biological SciencesFederal University of ParáBelémBrazil
  2. 2.Animal Pathology Laboratory, Animal Health and Production InstituteFederal Rural University of AmazôniaBelémBrazil
  3. 3.Molecular Biology LaboratoryOphir Loyola HospitalBelémBrazil

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