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In order to investigate the methylation status of the retinoic acid receptor beta 2 gene (RAR-β2) in breast carcinoma in relation to gene expression and clinicopathological parameters of patients with breast cancer, expression of RAR-β2 gene and methylation status were analyzed in invasive carcinoma, atypical ductal hyperplasia, fibroadenoma specimens, and normal tissues. Our findings showed that RAR-β2 expression was lower in the breast cancer compared to normal tissue and fibroadenoma. The methylation rate of RAR-β2 in breast cancer and precancerous lesions of breast cancer were higher than that of normal tissues. Hypermethylation may be an initial step in breast carcinogenesis.
Department of Breast Oncology, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and Therapy, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, 300060, Tianjin, People's Republic of China.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England)
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