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Autophagy is decreased in triple-negative breast carcinoma involving likely the MUC1-EGFR-NEU1 signalling pathway.

Abstract : Triple-negative breast carcinoma (TN) is a heterogeneous cancer type expressing EGFR in 75% of cases. MUC1 is a large type I sialylated glycoprotein comprising two subunits (α and β chains, also called respectively MUC1-VNTR and MUC1-CT), which was found to regulate EGFR activity through endocytic internalisation. Endocytosis and autophagy use the lysosome pathway involving NEU1. Recently, a molecular EGFR-MUC1-NEU1 complex was suggested to play a role in EGFR pathway. In the aim to understand the relationship between EGFR-MUC1-NEU1 complex and autophagy in breast carcinoma, we compared triple negative (TN) showing a high-EGFR expression with luminal (LUM) presenting low-EGFR level. We studied the expression of MUC1-VNTR, MUC1-CT and NEU1 in comparison with those of two molecular actors of autophagy, PI3K (p110β) and Beclin1. A total of 87 breast cancers were split in two groups following the immunohistochemical classification of breast carcinoma: 48 TN and 39 LUM. Our results showed that TN presented a high expression of EGFR and a low expression of MUC1-VNTR, MUC1-CT, NEU1, Beclin-1 and PI3Kp110β. Moreover, in TN, a positive statistical correlation was observed between Beclin-1 or PI3Kp110β and MUC1-VNTR or NEU1, but not with EGFR. In conclusion, our data suggest that autophagy is reduced in TN leading likely to the deregulation of EGFR-MUC1-NEU1 complex and its associated cellular pathways.
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Submitted on : Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:39:48 AM
Last modification on : Monday, January 24, 2022 - 4:50:02 PM


  • HAL Id : hal-01841221, version 1
  • PUBMED : 26191126



Christian Garbar, Corinne Mascaux, Jérôme Giustiniani, Stéphanie Salesse, Laurent Debelle, et al.. Autophagy is decreased in triple-negative breast carcinoma involving likely the MUC1-EGFR-NEU1 signalling pathway.. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology, E-Century Pub., 2018, pp.4344-55. ⟨hal-01841221⟩



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