The Prognostic Impact of Proliferation Markers in Breast Cancer with Emphasis on Cyclin B1 and PPH3

Sammanfattning: The aim of this thesis was to investigate the prognostic role of the proliferation markers cyclin B1 and Phosphorylated Histone 3 (PPH3) in breast cancer (BC).In paper I we used an experimental study design, we compared women dying early from their BC with women free from relapse more than eight years after initial diagnosis. All women had stage I, node-negative and hormone receptor positive disease. None had received adjuvant chemotherapy. We found that low-risk node negative patients with high expression of cyclin B1 had a significantly worse outcome than patients with low expression of cyclin B1.In paper II a population-based case control study was performed to further investigate the prognostic value of cyclin B1. One hundred and ninety women who died from BC were defined as cases and 190 women alive at the time for the corresponding case’s death were defined as controls. Inclusion criteria were tumor size 50 mm, no lymph node metastases, and no adjuvant chemotherapy. Two investigators evaluated the stainings independently. Cyclin B1 was found to be a prognostic factor for BC death that could identify high-risk patients with a good to very good reproducibility.Paper III aimed to investigate the role of proliferation in male breast cancer (MBC). One hundred and ninety-seven MBC tumors were stained for cyclin A, B1, D1 and Ki67. Overexpression of cyclin A and B1 and elevated mitotic count were predictive of breast cancer death. Ki67 was re-evaluated and different cut-offs were used, but no prognostic value could be demonstrated. On the other hand high levels of cyclin D1 were associated with better outcome in MBC.In paper IV we applied the immunohistochemichal panel suggested from international guidelines to the same patient material as in paper II, to discriminate luminal A from luminal B BC. We wanted to evaluate if different cut-off values of Ki67, cyclin A or B1 could more clearly separate luminal A from B. Cyclin A, B1 and Ki67 (cut-off 20%) could detect difference in outcome between these subtypes with cyclin A showing greater prognostic value.The aim of paper V was to examine the prognostic role of PPH3 compared to the proliferation markers Ki67, cyclin A and cyclin B1 with focus on ER positive disease. PPH3 was found to be a prognostic factor for breast cancer death but in the multivariate analysis including all proliferation markers, only cyclin A remained a prognostic factor.Finally, we conclude that both cyclin B1 and PPH3 are prognostic factors for breast cancer death, but are outperformed by cyclin A in ER positive patients. In male breast cancer prognostic factors need to be further studied.