Analysis of repair of abasic sites in early onset breast cancer patients

Ottavio Rossi, Fabio Carrozzino, Enrico Cappelli, Franca Carli, Guido Frosina

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Defective DNA repair has been suggested as a possible predisposing factor for breast cancer. We have investigated the repair of the frequent endogenous lesions abasic sites in sporadic early onset breast cancer patients and matched control individuals. No significant difference was observed between the abasic site repair capacities of peripheral blood lymphocytes from cases and controls. Repair of abasic sites was also studied in tumor and surrounding normal tissues of the patients. The 2 tissues showed marked differences in histology and protein composition with a fibro- collagenous component varying from sample to sample but invariably higher in normal tissues as compared with the adjacent tumor. These differences involved the need to calculate the repair activities of tissues on the basis of cellular DNA content for comparison purposes. After doing so, tumor and normal tissues exhibited similar abasic site repair capacities, whereas lymphocytes showed a repair capacity significantly lower than tissues. We conclude that early onset sporadic breast cancer patients show no evident defect in repair of abasic sites at the level of both lymphocytes and tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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