Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 3581–3588 | Cite as

High scavenger receptor class B type I expression is related to tumor aggressiveness and poor prognosis in breast cancer

  • Baoying Yuan
  • Changshun Wu
  • Xingwen Wang
  • Dan Wang
  • Huiling Liu
  • Ling Guo
  • Xiang-An LiEmail author
  • Junqing HanEmail author
  • Hong FengEmail author
Original Article


Scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) has been linked to the development and progression of breast cancer. However, its clinical significance in breast cancer remains unclear. Here, we evaluated SR-BI expression in a well-characterized breast cancer tissue microarray by immunohistochemistry. High SR-BI expression was observed in 54 % of all breast cancer cases and was significantly associated with advanced pTNM stage (P = 0.002), larger tumor size (P = 0.023), lymph node metastasis (P = 0.012), and the absence of ER (P = 0.014). The Kaplan–Meier survival analysis revealed that patients with high SR-BI expression had significantly shorter overall survival (OS) (P = 0.004). Moreover, multivariate analysis with adjustment for other prognostic factors confirmed that SR-BI was an independent prognostic factor for patient outcome (P = 0.017). Overall, our study demonstrated that high SR-BI expression was related to conventional parameters indicative of more aggressive tumor type and may serve as a new prognostic marker for poor clinical outcome in human breast cancer.


Breast cancer Scavenger receptor class B type I Prognosis Immunohistochemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cancer CenterShandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University, Shandong UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsShandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University, Shandong UniversityJinanChina
  3. 3.Department of Central LabShandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong UniversityJinanChina
  4. 4.Department of Pediatrics, Saha Cardiovascular Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA

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