Hormone receptor expression variations in normal breast tissue: Preliminary results of a prospective observational study

Giacomo Santandrea, Chiara Bellarosa, Dino Gibertoni, Maria C. Cucchi, Alejandro M. Sanchez, Gianluca Franceschini, Riccardo Masetti, Maria P. Foschini

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Abstract

Normal breast tissue undergoes great variations during a woman’s life as a consequence of the different hormonal stimulation. The purpose of the present study was to examine the hormonal receptor expression variations according to age, menstrual cycle, menopausal state and body mass index. To this purpose, 49 tissue samples of normal breast tissue, obtained during surgery performed for benign and malignant conditions, were immunostained with Estrogen (ER), Progesterone (PR) and Androgen receptors (AR). In addition, Ki67 and Gross Cystic Disease Fluid Protein were studied. The data obtained revealed a great variability of hormone receptor expression. ER and AR generally increased in older and post-menopausal women, while young women presented a higher proliferative rate, evaluated with Ki67. PR increase was observed in women with BMI higher than 25. The different hormonal receptor expression could favor the development of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number387
JournalJournal of Personalized Medicine
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast pathology
  • Hormone expression
  • Hormone receptor
  • Normal breast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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