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The expression of NEDD9 and E-cadherin correlates with metastasis and poor prognosis in triple-negative breast cancer patients

Authors Li P, Sun T, Yuan Q, Pan G, Zhang J, Sun D

Received 28 May 2016

Accepted for publication 19 August 2016

Published 19 September 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 5751—5759


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Akshita Wason

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Editor who approved publication: Dr XuYu Yang

Peng Li,1 Tingting Sun,2 Qingzhong Yuan,1 Guozheng Pan,1 Jian Zhang,1 Diwen Sun1

1Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, 2Department of Clinical Laboratory, Shengli Oilfield Central Hospital, Dongying, Shandong, People’s Republic of China

Background: Neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 9 (NEDD9), a member of Crk-associated substrate family, is involved in cancer cell adhesion, migration, invasion, and epithelial–mesenchymal transition. E-cadherin is a key event in the cellular invasion during the epithelial–mesenchymal transition mechanism. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association among NEDD9 expression, E-cadherin expression, and survival in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients.
Methods: NEDD9 and E-cadherin expressions were analyzed by immunohistochemistry in 106 TNBC patients and 120 non-TNBC patients. And the association of clinicopathological factors with survival was analyzed using Kaplan–Meier analysis and Cox regression in TNBC patients.
Results: The results revealed that the rate of increased expression of NEDD9 and reduced expression of E-cadherin was significantly higher in TNBC group than that in non-TNBC group (P<0.001, both). Comparison of features between TNBC and non-TNBC groups showed that histological type (P=0.026) and lymph node metastasis (P=0.001) were significantly different. Correlation analysis showed that positive NEDD9 expression and negative E-cadherin expression were significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis and tumor-node-metastasis stage (P<0.05). In addition, the enhanced NEDD9 expression was significantly associated with a reduced 5-year survival for TNBC patients (overall survival [OS]: P=0.013; disease-free survival [DFS]: P=0.021). Negative E-cadherin expression showed a significantly worse 5-year OS and DFS (OS: P=0.011; DFS: P=0.012). Multivariate analysis showed that lymph node metastasis (OS: P=0.006; DFS: P=0.004), tumor-node-metastasis stage (OS: P=0.012; DFS: P=0.001), NEDD9 (OS: P=0.046; DFS: P=0.022), and E-cadherin (OS: P=0.022; DFS: P=0.025) independently predicted a poor prognosis of OS and DFS. Moreover, patients with NEDD9-positive/E-cadherin-negative expression had a significantly worse outcome than other groups (OS: P=0.004; DFS: P=0.001).
Conclusion: Our finding demonstrated the potential value of NEDD9 and E-cadherin expression levels as prognostic molecular markers and a target for new therapies for TNBC patients.

Keywords: NEDD9, E-cadherin, immunohistochemistry, EMT, prognosis, TNBC

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