Breaking down barriers: The importance of the stromal microenvironment in acquiring invasiveness in young women's breast cancer

Pepper Schedin, Virginia Borges

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

21 Scopus citations

Abstract

Gene expression profiling was performed on laser captured breast stroma and epithelium obtained from 14 breast cancer patients. As with breast epithelium, of the stromal gene expression changes observed between normal tissue and invasive ductal carcinoma, greater than 90% occurred early, at the normal to ductal carcinoma in situ transition. Only 10% of stromal and 0% of epithelial genes were differentially regulated between non-invasive ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive disease. These data suggest that the majority of gene expression changes required for transformation occur early, prior to histological evidence of an invasive phenotype, the stroma cooperates closely with epithelium in this transformation, and for acquisition of the invasive phenotype, the stroma is dominant over the epithelium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102
JournalBreast Cancer Research
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 26 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Breaking down barriers: The importance of the stromal microenvironment in acquiring invasiveness in young women's breast cancer'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this