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Feasibility of simultaneous fluorescence immunophenotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization study for the detection of estrogen receptor expression and deletions of the estrogen receptor gene in breast carcinoma cell lines

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Title:Feasibility of simultaneous fluorescence immunophenotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization study for the detection of estrogen receptor expression and deletions of the estrogen receptor gene in breast carcinoma cell lines
Creators Name:Zhang, Y.M. and Siebert, R. and Matthiesen, P. and Harder, S. and Theile, M. and Scherneck, S. and Schlegelberger, B.
Abstract:For the first time, combined immunophenotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) technique according to the 'fluorescence immunophenotyping and interphase cytogenetics as a tool for investigation of neoplasms' (FICTION) technique have been successfully applied in solid tumors. Thus, we were able to visualize the antigen expression of cells with chromosomal deletions of a tumor suppressor region directly. In six breast carcinoma cell lines, we investigated the correlation between estrogen receptor (ER) expression status and deletions of the estrogen receptor gene (ESR). To screen for deletions of the ESR gene, dual-color FISH was performed with a YAC (yeast artificial chromosome) probe containing the ESR gene and, as internal control, with a centromeric probe of chromosome 6. Deletions of the ESR gene were detected in four of six cell lines. For direct comparison of ER expression with the copy number of the ESR gene at the single cell level, immunophenotyping with mouse anti-human ER antibody was combined with FISH with the YAC probe containing the ESR gene according to the FICTION technique. There was no correlation between lack of or reduced ER expression and deletions of the ESR gene. One cell line with deletions of the ESR gene did express ER on the protein level, while another cell line without a deletion did not. Cells with deletions of the ESR gene were either ER expression positive or negative. The staining intensity of ER expression was not associated with the copy number of the ESR gene. Thus, this FICTION study unequivocally shows that deletions of the ESR gene are not the major cause of absent or reduced ER expression in breast carcinoma cell lines.
Keywords:Breast Carcinoma, Deletions, ESR Gene, FISH, Immunophenotyping, Animals, Mice
Source:Virchows Archiv
ISSN:0945-6317
Publisher:Springer Verlag (Germany)
Volume:436
Number:3
Page Range:271-275
Date:1 March 2000
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1007/s004280050040
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