Levels of estrogen receptor B splice variant (ERBΔ5) mRNA correlates with progesterone receptor in breast carcinomas

Vesna Mandusic, Dusan Popov-Celeketic, Zora Neskovic-Konstantinovic, Ksenija Kanjer, Ana Bozovic, Dragica Nikolic-Vukosavljevic
2010 Archives of Biological Sciences  
It is well known that breast tumors which are estrogen positive ER(+) are more likely to respond to hormone therapy. However, a certain percentage of ER(+)/PR(+) tumors do not respond to this therapy. Identification of the second estrogen receptor, named estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), as well as the existence of numerous isoforms/splice variants of both ERα and ERβ, suggests that a complex regulation of estrogen action exists. In this study, we analyzed the expression ratio of ERβ1 isoform and
more » ... ERβ1 isoform and ERβΔ5 splice variant mRNAs, and its correlation with ER/PR status by quantitative RT-PCR and clinical and histopathological parameters. We found that the relative proportion of ERβΔ5 in the total ERβ1 transcript "pool" inversely correlates with the PR level (ρ = -0,359, p< 0,003, Spearman). It may be that the ERβΔ5 variant modulates the ERα activity of downstream targets. In addition, we suggest that the determination of the expression profiles of ERα and ERβ isoforms and splice variants in the defined groups of patients are necessary for elucidating their involvement in endocrine resistance. Key words: Estrogen receptor β, progesterone receptor, quantitative RT-PCR, breast cancer, normalization of splice variant to wt isoform UDC 577.21:616.18-006
doi:10.2298/abs1002257m fatcat:mpusif56yfdndhahtitmqjkz6q