Medical Oncology

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A study of the role of Notch1 and JAG1 gene methylation in development of breast cancer

  • Huapeng Sun
  • Kun Li
  • Shiqiang ShenEmail author
Original Paper


This study is to explore the roles of gene methylation of Notch1 and JAG1 in development of invasive ductal carcinoma of breast. Quantitative analysis the DNA methylation levels of Notch1 and JAG1 gene by the MassARRAY method in invasive ductal carcinoma of breast (IDC; n = 89), atypical ductal hyperplasia of breast (ADH; n = 11), and ordinary ductal hyperplasia of breast (UDH; n = 20). The expressions of JAG1 and Notch1 protein in four breast tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry SP method. (1) Positive expression rates of Notch1 protein in IDC and DCIS were 88.7 % (79/89) and 70.0 % (14/20), respectively, which were significantly higher than the levels in ADH (36.0 %, 4/11) and UDH (25.0 %, 5/20; P < 0.05). Notch1 protein expression was significant positively correlated with lymph node metastasis, pathological grades, and TNM stages of IDC. (2) Positive expression rates of JAG1 protein in IDC and DCIS were 89.9 % (80/89) and 75.0 % (15/20), respectively, which were significantly higher than those of ADH (45.0 %, 5/11) and UDH (30.0 %, 6/20; P < 0.05). JAG1 protein expression was significant positive correlation with lymph node metastasis, pathological grades and TNM stages of IDC. There is an overall hypomethylation alteration of Notch1 and JAG gene in IDC, with corresponding over-expression of Notch1 and JAG1 protein. This inverse correlation shows that the alteration of protein expression results from hypomethylation oncogene Notch1 and JAG1, and this change may play an important role in occurrence and progression of breast cancer.


Notch1 JAG1 Methylation of DNA Breast cancer Intraductal proliferative lesions of lacteal gland MassARRAY 


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Conflicts of interest

We declare that we have no financial or commercial conflicts of interest pertaining to this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryRenmin Hospital of Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic SurgeryZhongnan Hospital of Wuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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