N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III) but not N-Acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-6 and 8 are Differentially Expressed in Invasive and In Situ Ductal Carcinoma of the Breast

  • Antônio Felix da Silva Filho
  • Gabriela Souto Vieira-de-Mello
  • Petra Barros dos Santos
  • Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo RêgoEmail author
  • Alfredo Ribeiro-Silva
  • Eduardo Isidoro Carneiro Beltrão
Original Article


Mammary carcinoma is the most common malignant tumor in women, and it is the leading cause of mortality. In tumor context, glycosylation promotes post translational modifications necessary for cell progression, emerging as a relevant tumor hallmarker. This study aimed to analyze the association between polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-6 (ppGalNAc-T6), −T8, N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III) expression, Phaseolus vulgaris-leucoagglutinin (PHA-L), wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) and peanut agglutinin (PNA) staining with clinic-histopathological factors from patients with pure ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and DCIS with invasive ductal carcinoma (DCIS-IDC) of breast. Formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded samples (n = 109) were analyzed. In pure DCIS samples GnT-III was over-expressed in comedo lesions (p = 0.007). In DCIS-IDC, GnT-III expression was associated with high nuclear grade tumors (p = 0.039) while the presence of PHA-L and WGA were inversely related to HER-2 expression (p = 0.001; p = 0.036, respectively). These findings pointed to possible involvement of GnT-III, ppGalNAc-T8, L-PHA and WGA as probes in prognostic evaluation of DCIS.


Glycosiltranferases Glycocode Lectins In situ ductal carcinoma Invasive ductal carcinoma 


CEN 17

Centromere 17


Chromogenic in situ hybridization




Ductal carcinoma in situ


Ductal carcinoma in situ with invasive ductal carcinoma


Estrogen receptor




N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III


N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V


Human epidermal growth factor receptor-type 2


Phaseolus vulgaris-leucoagglutinin


Peanut agglutinin


Polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-6


Polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-8


Polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferases


Progesterone receptor


Tissue microarray


Wheat germ agglutinin



Authors thank CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Brazil) and FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil) for financial support; CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, Brazil) for schollarship and financial support and Deisy Mara da Silva for technical assistance.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antônio Felix da Silva Filho
    • 1
  • Gabriela Souto Vieira-de-Mello
    • 1
    • 2
  • Petra Barros dos Santos
    • 2
  • Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Alfredo Ribeiro-Silva
    • 5
  • Eduardo Isidoro Carneiro Beltrão
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Immunomodulation and New Therapeutic Approaches LaboratoryFederal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Biomarkers in cancer LaboratoryFederal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry, Biology Sciences CentreFederal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  4. 4.Nucleo de Pesquisa para Inovacao Terapeutica (NUPIT-SG)RecifeBrazil
  5. 5.Department of Pathology, Ribeirão Preto Medical SchoolUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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