Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine

BTG1 expression correlates with the pathogenesis and progression of breast carcinomas.

PMID 24272202


This study aimed to analyze the expression, clinical significance of B cell translocation gene 1 (BTG1) in breast carcinoma and the biological effect in its cell line by BTG1 overexpression. Immunohistochemistry and western blot were used to analyze BTG1 protein expression in 72 cases of breast cancer and 36 cases of normal tissues to study the relationship between BTG1 expression and clinical factors. Recombinant lentiviral vector was constructed to over-express EMP-1 and then infect breast cancer MCF-7 cell line. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot were used to detect the mRNA level and protein of BTG1. MTT assay, cell apoptosis, cell cycles, migration and invasion assays were also conducted as to the influence of the upregulated expression of BTG1 that might be found on MCF-7 cells biological effect. The level of BTG1 protein expression was found to be significantly lower in breast cancer tissue than normal tissues (P < 0.05). Decreased expression of BTG1 was significantly correlated with tumor invasion, lymph node metastasis, clinic stage and histological grade of patients with breast cancer (P < 0.05). Meanwhile, loss of BTG1 expression correlated significantly with poor overall survival time by Kaplan-Meier analysis (P < 0.05). The result of biological function shown that MCF-7 cell transfected BTG1 had a lower survival fraction, higher percentage of the G0/G1 phases, higher cell apoptosis, significant decrease in migration and invasion, and lower CyclinD1, Bcl-2, and MMP-9 protein expression compared with MCF-7 cell untransfected BTG1 (P < 0.05). BTG1 expression decreased in breast cancer and correlated significantly lymph node metastasis, clinic stage, histological grade, poor overall survival, proliferation, and metastasis in breast cancer cell by regulating CyclinD1, Bcl-2, and MMP-9 protein expression, suggesting that BTG1 may play important roles as a negative regulator to breast cancer cell.