Journal Article
. 2020 Jun;12(6).
doi: 10.3390/cancers12061549.

Integrated Analysis of Key Differentially Expressed Genes Identifies DBN1 as a Predictive Marker of Response to Endocrine Therapy in Luminal Breast Cancer

Lutfi H Alfarsi 1 Rokaya El Ansari 1 Brendah K Masisi 1 Ruth Parks 1 Omar J Mohammed 1 Ian O Ellis 1 Emad A Rakha 1 Andrew R Green 1 
  • PMID: 32545448
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Endocrine therapy is the mainstay of adjuvant treatment for patients with luminal breast cancer. Despite ongoing advances in endocrine therapy to date, a proportion of patients ultimately develop endocrine resistance, resulting in failure of therapy and poor prognosis. Therefore, as part of the growing concept of personalised medicine, the need for identification of predictive markers of endocrine therapy response at an early stage, is recognised. The METABRIC series was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in term of response to adjuvant endocrine therapy. Drebrin 1 (DBN1) was identified as a key DEG associated with response to hormone treatment. Next, large, well-characterised cohorts of primary luminal breast cancer with long-term follow-up were assessed at the mRNA and protein levels for the value of DBN1 as a prognostic marker in luminal breast cancer, as well as its potential for predicting the benefit of endocrine therapy. DBN1 positivity was associated with aggressive clinicopathological variables and poor patient outcomes. Importantly, high DBN1 expression predicted relapse patients who were subject to adjuvant endocrine treatment. Our results further demonstrate that DBN1 is an independent prognostic marker in luminal breast cancer. Its association with the response to endocrine therapy and outcome provides evidence for DBN1 as a potential biomarker in luminal breast cancer, particularly for the benefit of endocrine treatment. Further functional investigations into the mechanisms underlying sensitivity to endocrine therapy is required.

Keywords: DBN1; breast cancer; endocrine resistance; oestrogen receptor; predictive biomarker.

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