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  • Tuohinen, Suvi Sirkku; Skyttä, Tanja; Huhtala, Heini; Poutanen, Tuija; Virtanen, Vesa; Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, Pirkko-Liisa; Raatikainen, Pekka (2021)
    BACKGROUND Radiation therapy (RT) results in myocardial changes consisting of diffuse fibrosis, which may result in changes in diastolic function. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to explore RT-associated changes in left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. METHODS Sixty chemotherapy-naive patients with left-sided, early-stage breast cancer were studied with speckle tracking echocardiography at 3 time points: prior to, immediately after, and 3 years after RT. Global and regional early diastolic strain rate (SRe) were quantified, as were parameters of systolic function. RESULTS Regional changes in SRe, particularly the apical and anteroseptat segments, were observed over time and were more evident than global changes. The apical SRe declined from a median of 1.24 (interquartile range: 1.01 to 1.39) s(-1) at baseline to 1.02 (interquartile range: 0.79 to 1.15) s(-1) at 3 years of follow-up (p < 0.001). This decline was associated with the left ventricular maximal radiation dose (beta = 0.36, p = 0.007). The global SRe was CONCLUSIONS RT resulted in changes in the SRe in the apical and anteroseptat segments over 3 years of follow-up. Changes in SRe apical segments were present even in patients with preserved systolic function and were independently associated with RT dose and cardiovascular comorbidities. (C) 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier on behalf of the American College of Cardiology Foundation.
  • Saavalainen, Liisu; Lassus, Heini; But, Anna; Tiitinen, Aila; Harkki, Paivi; Gissier, Mika; Pukkala, Eero; Heikinheimo, Oskari (2019)
    Introduction The association between endometriosis and breast cancer is unclear. We assessed the risk of breast cancer in women with surgically verified endometriosis, with special focus on the age at cancer diagnosis, time from endometriosis diagnosis and breast cancer histology. Material and methods All women with first endometriosis-associated diagnoses occurring concomitantly with relevant surgical codes during 1987-2012 were retrieved from the Finnish Hospital Discharge Register in Finland. Breast cancers diagnosed after the endometriosis diagnosis were identified from the Finnish Cancer Registry. The Finnish female population served as the reference. The endometriosis cohort consisted of 49 933 women (23 210 cases of ovarian, 20 187 peritoneal and 2372 deep infiltrating endometriosis). The outcome measure was the standardized incidence ratio (SIR) with 95% confidence interval (95% CI) of breast cancer calculated for the whole cohort and for the subtypes of endometriosis, stratified by the age at breast cancer diagnosis, histology and time from endometriosis diagnosis. Results The overall risk of breast cancer (1555 cases) was similar to the reference population (SIR 0.99; 95% CI 0.94-1.03), did not differ in types of endometriosis, and was similar for ductal and lobular breast cancer. However, the SIR of breast cancer was increased in the age group of 20-29 years (SIR 4.44; 95% CI 2.22-7.94) and in the age group of 30-39 years (SIR 1.28; 95% CI 1.03-1.57). The risk of in situ breast cancer (170 cases) was increased in the entire endometriosis cohort (SIR 1.25; 95% CI 1.07-1.44). Conclusions The overall risk of breast cancer in women with surgically verified endometriosis was similar to that of general population. However, the risk of breast cancer at young age was increased. Young women with surgically verified endometriosis represent highly symptomatic patients with more frequent surgeries and additional therapies that might also contribute to the risk of breast cancer.
  • Jousi, Mikko O.; Erkkilä, Jukka; Varjonen, Mari; Soiva, Martti; Hukkinen, Katja; Sequeiros, Roberto Blanco (2019)
    Background Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) is gaining popularity in breast imaging. There are several different technical approaches for conducting DBT imaging. Purpose To determine optimal imaging parameters, test patient friendliness, evaluate the initial diagnostic performance, and describe diagnostic advances possible with the new Continuous Sync-and-Shoot method. Material and Methods Thirty-six surgical breast specimens were imaged with digital mammography (DM) and a prototype of a DBT system (Planmed Oy, Helsinki, Finland). We tested the patient friendliness of the sync-and-shoot movement without radiation exposure in eight volunteers. Different imaging parameters were tested with 20 specimens to identify the optimal combination: angular range 30 degrees, 40 degrees, and 60 degrees; pixel binning; Rhodium (Rh) and Silver (Ag) filtrations; and different kV and mAs values. Two breast radiologists evaluated 16 DM and DBT image pairs and rated six different image properties. Imaging modalities were compared with paired t-test. Results The Continuous Sync-and-Shoot method produced diagnostically valid images. Five out of eight volunteers felt no/minimal discomfort, three experienced mild discomfort from the tilting movement of the detector, with the motion being barely recognized. The combination of 30 degrees, Ag filtering, and 2 x 2 pixel binning produced the best image quality at an acceptable dose level. DBT was significantly better in all six evaluated properties (P <0.05). Mean Dose(DBT)/Dose(DM) ratio was 1.22 (SD = 0.42). Conclusion The evaluated imaging method is feasible for imaging and analysing surgical breast specimens and DBT is significantly better than DM in image evaluation.
  • Rajakylä, Kaisa; Krishnan, Ramaswamy; Tojkander, Sari (2017)
  • Lindman, Cecilia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Background: The Finnish Cancer Registry (FCR) maintains data on cancer in the Finnish population since 1953. The data can be used for statistical and research purposes. Our aim was to evaluate the completeness and validity of breast cancer diagnoses in the cancer registry data in 2010-2014. Methods: We evaluated the completeness and accuracy on breast cancer diagnoses in the FCR between 2010 and 2014. Cancer data in the FCR and hospital periods and visits in the Care Register for Health and Welfare (formerly known as HILMO) were used primarily and cases found in HILMO but missing from the FCR were checked from original hospital records. Common breast cancers found in both HILMO and FCR were 23397 in total. In HILMO only, 2205 breast cancers were recorded and in the FCR only, 2404 cases. After exclusions, a total of 887 potential breast cancers that could be found only in HILMO were checked from hospital records. Accuracy was evaluated by correlation between ICD-10 diagnosis codes (C50 and D05) found in the FCR and the HILMO respectively. Results: A total of 887 breast cancers registered in HILMO were checked from original hospital records. In all, 747 cases (84,2 %) were confirmed as breast cancers. Of all checked cases, 609 cancers (69 %) were diagnosed before 2010 and only 34 cancers (4 %) were diagnosed during the period of 2010-2014. The number of true unregistered breast cancers from 2010-2014 were only 3,8 % of all the breast cancer diagnoses checked from hospital records. In all, these new, unregistered breast cancers represent merely 0,14 % of the total number of breast cancers diagnosed in Finland during 2010-2014. Conclusions: Based on the data in the Care Register for Health and Welfare and in the FCR, underreporting of breast cancers in Finland during the period of 2010-2014 is exceedingly small. With an underreporting of only 0,14 % of breast cancers in the whole country, the completeness of the breast cancer data in the FCR in 2010-2014 is excellent, 99,9 %.
  • Uusitalo, Elina; Kallionpaa, Roope A.; Kurki, Samu; Rantanen, Matti; Pitkaniemi, Janne; Kronqvist, Pauliina; Harkonen, Pirkko; Huovinen, Riikka; Carpen, Olli; Pöyhönen, Minna; Peltonen, Sirkku; Peltonen, Juha (2017)
    Background: An increased breast cancer incidence and poor survival have been reported for women with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). To explain the poor survival, we aimed to link the histopathology and clinical characteristics of NF1-associated breast cancers. Methods: The Finnish Cancer Registry and the Finnish NF Registry were cross-referenced to identify the NF1 patients with breast cancer. Archival NF1 breast cancer specimens were retrieved for histopathological typing and compared with matched controls. Results: A total of 32 breast cancers were diagnosed in 1404 NF1 patients during the follow-up. Women with NF1 had an estimated lifetime risk of 18.0% for breast cancer, and this is nearly two-fold compared with that of the general Finnish female population (9.74%). The 26 successfully retrieved archival NF1 breast tumours were more often associated with unfavourable prognostic factors, such as oestrogen and progesterone receptor negativity and HER2 amplification. However, survival was worse in the NF1 group (P = 0.053) even when compared with the control group matched for age, diagnosis year, gender and oestrogen receptor status. Scrutiny of The Cancer Genome Atlas data set showed that NF1 mutations and deletions were associated with similar characteristics in the breast cancers of the general population. Conclusions: These results emphasise the role of the NF1 gene in the pathogenesis of breast cancer and a need for active follow-up for breast cancer in women with NF1.
  • Räty, Iiris (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Breast cancer is now globally the most frequent cancer and leading cause of women’s death. Two thirds of breast cancers express the luminal estrogen receptor-positive (ERα + ) phe- notype that is initially responsive to antihormonal therapies, but drug resistance emerges. A major barrier to the understanding of the ERα-pathway biology and therapeutic discoveries is the restricted repertoire of luminal ERα + breast cancer models. The ERα + phenotype is not stable in cultured cells for reasons not fully understood. We examine 400 patient-derived breast epithelial and breast cancer explant cultures (PDECs) grown in various three- dimensional matrix scaffolds, finding that ERα is primarily regulated by the matrix stiffness. Matrix stiffness upregulates the ERα signaling via stress-mediated p38 activation and H3K27me3-mediated epigenetic regulation. The finding that the matrix stiffness is a central cue to the ERα phenotype reveals a mechanobiological component in breast tissue hormonal signaling and enables the development of novel therapeutic interventions.
  • Dai, Xiaofeng; Li, Lu; Liu, Xiuxia; Hu, Weiguo; Yang, Yankun; Bai, Zhonghu (2015)
  • Roine, Eija; Farkkila, Niilo; Sintonen, Harri; Taari, Kimmo; Roine, Risto P.; Saarto, Tiina (2019)
    Background/Aim: This cross-sectional study estimated direct cancer-related health care, productivity and informal care costs for a six-month period for different states of breast cancer (BC). Patients and Methods: A total of 827 BC patients answered a questionnaire enquiring about informal care, work capacity, and demographic factors. Direct health care resource use and productivity costs were obtained from registries. Mutually exclusive groups were formed based on disease state and time from diagnosis: primary treatment (first six months after diagnosis), rehabilitation (>six months after diagnosis), remission (>1.5 years after diagnosis), and metastatic. Results: Mean total costs were: primary treatment (sic)22,876, rehabilitation (sic)3,456, remission (sic)1,728, and metastatic (sic)24,320. Mean direct health care costs were: primary treatment (sic)11,798, rehabilitation (sic)2,398, remission (sic)1,147, and metastatic (sic)13,923. Mean productivity costs varied between 18-39% and indirect costs (productivity and informal care costs) between 31-48% of the total costs. Conclusion: Direct medical costs were highest, but indirect costs constituted up to half of the total costs and are essential when estimating the total cost burden, as many patients are of working age.
  • Bode, Hannes F.; Heikkinen, Aino; Lundgren, Sara; Kaprio, Jaakko; Ollikainen, Miina (2022)
    DNA methylation-based age acceleration (DNAmAA) is associated with cancer, with both cancer tissue and blood showing increased DNAmAA. We aimed to investigate whether DNAmAA is associated with cancer risk within twin pairs discordant for cancer, and whether DNAmAA has the potential to serve as a biomarker for such. The study included 47 monozygotic and 48 same-sex-dizygotic cancer-discordant twin pairs from the Finnish Twin Cohort study with blood samples available between 17 and 31 years after the cancer diagnosis. We studied all cancers (95 pairs), then separately breast cancer (24 pairs) and all sites other than breast cancer (71 pairs). DNAmAA was calculated for seven models: Horvath, Horvath intrinsic epigenetic age acceleration, Hannum, Hannum intrinsic epigenetic age acceleration, Hannum extrinsic epigenetic age acceleration, PhenoAge and GrimAge. Within-pair differences in DNAmAA were analyzed by paired t tests and linear regression. Twin pairs sampled before cancer diagnosis did not differ significantly in DNAmAA. However, the within-pair differences in DNAmAA before cancer diagnosis increased significantly the closer the cancer diagnosis was, and this acceleration extended for years after the diagnosis. Pairs sampled after the diagnosis differed for DNAmAA with the Horvath models capturing cancer diagnosis-associated DNAmAA across all three cancer groupings. The results suggest that DNAmAA in blood is associated with cancer diagnosis. This may be due to epigenetic alterations in relation to cancer, its treatment or associated lifestyle changes. Based on the current study, the biomarker potential of DNAmAA in blood appears to be limited.
  • Fleischer, Thomas; Klajic, Jovana; Aure, Miriam Ragle; Louhimo, Riku; Pladsen, Arne V.; Ottestad, Lars; Touleimat, Nizar; Laakso, Marko; Halvorsen, Ann Rita; Alnaes, Grethe I. Grenaker; Riis, Margit L. H.; Helland, Aslaug; Hautaniemi, Sampsa; Lonning, Per Eystein; Naume, Bjorn; Borresen-Dale, Anne-Lise; Tost, Joerg; Kristensen, Vessela N. (2017)
    Breast cancer patients with Luminal A disease generally have a good prognosis, but among this patient group are patients with good prognosis that are currently overtreated with adjuvant chemotherapy, and also patients that have a bad prognosis and should be given more aggressive treatment. There is no available method for subclassification of this patient group. Here we present a DNA methylation signature (SAM40) that segregates Luminal A patients based on prognosis, and identify one good prognosis group and one bad prognosis group. The prognostic impact of SAM40 was validated in four independent patient cohorts. Being able to subdivide the Luminal A patients may give the two-sided benefit of identifying one subgroup that may benefit from a more aggressive treatment than what is given today, and importantly, identifying a subgroup that may benefit from less treatment.
  • Tuohinen, Suvi Sirkku; Skytta, Tanja; Huhtala, Heini; Virtanen, Vesa; Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, Pirkko-Liisa; Raatikainen, Pekka (2022)
    Background/Aim: Radiotherapy (RT) related myocardial changes were analyzed by deformation imaging echocardiography in this study. Patients and Methods: Ninety-nine breast cancer patients were studied at baseline, after chemotherapy, after RT, and three years after RT (3Y). Eighty patients received RT only, and twenty patients had right-sided breast cancer. Echocardiography included cyclic variation of the integrated backscatter in the septum (sCV) and posterior wall (pCV), global longitudinal strain (GLS), and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Results: In patients with left-sided breast cancer, sCV declined from 11.3??3.3 dB at baseline to 10.3??2.9 dB after RT (p=0.001). No changes were observed after chemotherapy (p=0.211) or in patients with right-sided breast cancer after RT (p=0.977). No other parameters declined after RT. The decline in sCV was independently associated with the left anterior descending coronary artery radiation dose (??=???0.290, p=0.020). Conclusion: In contrast to other parameters, sCV correlated with heart radiation dose.
  • Vähäaho, Niina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    Background and objectives: Currently in Finland, there are over 66 000 women living with breast cancer. The five-year survival rate is 90.6 %. Breast cancer and its treatments are known to impair patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The current study is a part of an open prospective randomized Breast cancer and exercise (BREX) -study in Finland conducted to investigate whether supervised exercise training shortly after the adjuvant treatments of breast cancer patients could prevent osteoporosis and improve patient’s quality of life. This master thesis examines cross-sectional and prospective associations between the sense of coherence (SOC) and the HRQoL of breast cancer survivors. Methods: 537 long-term breast cancer survivors and controls who participated in a prospective randomized physical exercise intervention with twelve months of supervised exercise training were followed up five years. 406 participants who finished the 5-year follow-up and filled the SOC questionnaire were included in the final analyzes. The SOC was measured by 13-item Finnish and Swedish short forms of Orientation to life Questionnaire (SOC-13) at 3 years. Cancer-specific HRQoL was measured by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30) version 3 and general HRQoL by the 15D. Associations between the SOC and the HRQoL were studied by logistic regression analyze. Results and conclusion: The SOC was associated with the cancer-specific and the general HRQoL at the 3-year (p < .001) and at the 5-year follow-up (p < .001). The relationship was the most significant for the general HRQoL, global health / quality of life and emotional and cognitive functions. Weak SOC increases the risk of low cancer-specific and low general HRQoL after the adjuvant treatments of breast cancer. Strong SOC as an inner resource may serve as a protective psychological factor in the adaptation process of breast cancer survivors. The SOC-13 questionnaire might be useful in targeting patients vulnerable to decrease in the HRQoL and in planning psychosocial interventions.
  • Mahlamäki, Kasper (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Syöpätautien yleisyys lisääntyy kaikkialla maailmassa väestön vanhetessa ja Suomessakin todetaan vuosittain noin 35 000 uutta syöpää, joihin kuolee noin 13 000 henkeä. Syövän lääkehoidon painopiste on siirtymässä laajalti elimistön soluja tuhoavista sädehoidosta ja solunsalpaajista kohti potilaan omaa immuunipuolustusta syöpää vastaan ohjaavia immuno-onkologisia lääkkeitä. Immuno-onkologisilla lääkkeillä, kuten tarkastuspiste-estäjiin kuuluvilla PD-1-vasta-aineilla on saavutettu jopa pysyviä remissioita useassa vaikeahoitoisessa syövässä. Valitettavasti vain pieni osa immunologisilla syöpälääkkeillä hoidetuista potilaista saa niiden täyden hyödyn ja hoitovasteen laajentaminen koko potilasjoukkoon on osoittautunut ongelmalliseksi. Tutkielmani kirjallisuuskatsauksessa käsitellään rintasyöpää yleisesti, sekä syvennytään rintasyövän prekliinisiin tutkimusmalleihin ja rintasyöpäpotilaan immuno-onkologiavasteen ennustetekijöihin. Kokeellisen laboratoriotutkimusosuuden tavoitteina oli korreloida rintasyöpänäytteiden leukosyytti-infiltraation taso kasvaimen Myc- ja PD-L1-ekspressioon, mitata solulinjojen ja tutkimusryhmämme kehittämien PDEC-eksplanttien immuuniaktivaatiota, sekä arvioida näiden tutkimusten tulosten avulla rintasyöpäpotilaan kasvainnäytteestä kasvattamiemme PDEC-kudosviljelmien potentiaalia rintasyövän immuno-onkologisessa tutkimuksessa. Löysin tutkimalla primäärikasvainten ja PDEC-eksplanttien ominaisuuksia immunohistokemialla sekä qRT-PCR:llä korrelaation primäärikasvaimen leukosyyttimäärän sekä PDEC-viljelmien qRT-PCR:llä mitatun immuuniaktiivisuuden välille: kasvaimen korkea leukosyyttipitoisuus vaikuttaa olevan yhteydessä PDEC-viljelmien suurempaan immuuniaktiivisuuteen. Mielenkiintoista oli havaita, että vaikka immuunisolujen aktivoimiseen käytetyn Immunocultin tulisi aktivoida kaikkia T-soluja, niin edes runsas kasvaimen strooman leukosyytti-infiltraatio ei aiheuttanut qRT-PCR:llä tehdyissä immuuniaktivaatiomittauksissa menetelmän käyttöä häiritseviä vääriä positiivisia tuloksia. Tulosteni perusteella PDEC-eksplantit kykenevät kuvaamaan rintasyöpäpotilaiden kasvainkohtaisia immuuniaktivaatioeroja, mikä korostaa niiden soveltuvuutta immuno-onkologiseen tutkimukseen.
  • Savolainen-Peltonen, Hanna; Vihma, Veera; Wang, Feng; Turpeinen, Ursula; Hämäläinen, Esa; Haanpää, Mikko; Leidenius, Marjut; Tikkanen, Matti J.; Mikkola, Tomi S. (2018)
    Circulating estrogens fluctuate during the menstrual cycle but it is not known whether this fluctuation is related to local hormone levels in adipose tissue. We analyzed estrogen concentrations and gene expression of estrogen-regulating enzymes in breast subcutaneous adipose tissue in premenopausal women with (n = 11) and without (n = 17) estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Estrone (E-1) was the predominant estrogen in premenopausal breast adipose tissue, and E-1 and mRNA expression of CYP19A1 in adipose tissue correlated positively with BMI. Adipose tissue estradiol (E-2) concentrations fluctuated during the menstrual cycle, similarly to the serum concentrations. In women with breast cancer median adipose tissue E-1 (1519 vs. 3244, p <.05) and E-2 (404 vs. 889 pmol/kg, p <.05) levels were lower in the follicular than in the luteal phase whereas in control women no significant differences were observed. In the follicular phase, mRNA expressions of HSD17B1 (median 0.06; interquartile range 0.05-0.07 vs. 0.17; 0.03-0.2, p = .010) and CYP19A1 (0.08; 0.07-0.14 vs. 0.22; 0.09-0.54, p = .025) were lower in women with breast cancer than in controls. In conclusion, the changes in adipose tissue E-1 and E-2 concentrations and the estrogen-regulating CYP19A1 and HSD17B1 during the menstrual cycle may be related to dysfunctional local estrogen metabolism in women with breast cancer.
  • Kuchenbaecker, K.B.; McGuffog, L.; Barrowdale, D.; Lee, Andrew; Soucy, P.; Dennis, J.; Domchek, S.M.; Robson, M.; Spurdle, A.B.; Ramus, S.J.; Mavaddat, N.; Terry, M.B.; Neuhausen, S.L.; Schmutzler, R.K.; Simard, J.; Pharoah, P.D.P.; Offit, K.; Couch, F.J.; Chenevix-Trench, G.; Easton, D.F.; Antoniou, A.C.; Healey, S.; Lush, M.; Hamann, U.; Southey, M.; John, E.M.; Chung, W.K.; Daly, M. B.; Buys, S.S.; Goldgar, D.E.; Dorfling, C.M.; van Rensburg, E.J.; Ding, Y.C.; Ejlertsen, B.; Gerdes, A.-M.; Hansen, T.V.O.; Slager, S.; Hallberg, E.; Benitez, J.; Osorio, A.; Cohen, N.; Lawler, W.; Weitzel, J.N.; Peterlongo, P.; Pensotti, V.; Dolcetti, R.; Barile, M.; Aittomäki, K.; Nevanlinna, H.; Rantala, J. (2017)
    Background: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 94 common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with breast cancer (BC) risk and 18 associated with ovarian cancer (OC) risk. Several of these are also associated with risk of BC or OC for women who carry a pathogenic mutation in the high-risk BC and OC genes BRCA1 or BRCA2. The combined effects of these variants on BC or OC risk for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers have not yet been assessed while their clinical management could benefit from improved personalized risk estimates. Methods: We constructed polygenic risk scores (PRS) using BC and OC susceptibility SNPs identified through population-based GWAS: for BC (overall, estrogen receptor [ER]-positive, and ER-negative) and for OC. Using data from 15 252 female BRCA1 and 8211 BRCA2 carriers, the association of each PRS with BC or OC risk was evaluated using a weighted cohort approach, with time to diagnosis as the outcome and estimation of the hazard ratios (HRs) per standard deviation increase in the PRS. Results: The PRS for ER-negative BC displayed the strongest association with BC risk in BRCA1 carriers (HR = 1.27, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.23 to 1.31, P = 8.2 × 10-53). InBRCA2 carriers, the strongest association with BC risk was seen for the overall BCPRS (HR = 1.22, 95% CI = 1.17 to 1.28, P = 7.2 × 10-20). The OC PRS was strongly associated with OC risk for both BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. These translate to differences in absolute risks (more than 10% in each case) between the top and bottom deciles of the PRS distribution; for example, the OC risk was 6% by age 80 years for BRCA2 carriers at the 10th percentile of the OC PRS compared with 19% risk for those at the 90th percentile of PRS. Conclusions: BC and OC PRS are predictive of cancer risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. Incorporation of the PRS into risk prediction models has promise to better inform decisions on cancer risk management. © The Author 2017.
  • Kiiski, Johanna; Pelttari, Liisa M.; Khan, Sofia; Freysteinsdottir, Edda S.; Reynisdottir, Inga; Hart, Steven N.; Shimelis, Hermela; Vilske, Sara; Kallioniemi, Anne; Schleutker, Johanna; Leminen, Arto; Butzow, Ralf; Blomqvist, Carl; Barkardottir, Rosa B.; Couch, Fergus J.; Aittomaki, Kristiina; Nevanlinna, Heli (2014)
  • Kiiski, Johanna; Fagerholm, Rainer; Tervasmaki, Anna; Pelttari, Liisa M.; Khan, Sofia; Jamshidi, Maral; Mantere, Tuomo; Pylkas, Katri; Bartek, Jiri; Bartkova, Jirina; Mannermaa, Arto; Tengstrom, Maria; Kosma, Veli-Matti; Winqvist, Robert; Kallioniemi, Anne; Aittomäki, Kristiina; Blomqvist, Carl; Nevanlinna, Heli (2016)
    Breast cancer (BC) is a heterogeneous disease, and different tumor characteristics and genetic variation may affect the clinical outcome. The FANCM c.5101C> T nonsense mutation in the Finnish population associates with increased risk of breast cancer, especially for triple-negative breast cancer patients. To investigate the association of the mutation with disease prognosis, we studied tumor phenotype, treatment outcome, and patient survival in 3,933 invasive breast cancer patients, including 101 FANCM c.5101C> T mutation carriers and 3,832 non-carriers. We also examined association of the mutation with nuclear immunohistochemical staining of DNA repair markers in 1,240 breast tumors. The FANCM c.5101C>T mutation associated with poor 10-year breast cancer-specific survival (hazard ratio (HR) 51.66, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.09-2.52, p=0.018), with a more pronounced survival effect among familial cases (HR=2.93, 95% CI 1.5-5.76, p=1.80 x 10 23). Poor disease outcome of the carriers was also found among the estrogen receptor (ER) positive subgroup of patients (HR=1.8, 95% CI 1.09-2.98, p=0.021). Reduced survival was seen especially among patients who had not received radiotherapy (HR=3.43, 95% CI 1.6-7.34, p=1.50x10(-3)) but not among radiotherapy treated patients (HR=1.35, 95% CI 0.82-2.23, p=0.237). Significant interaction was found between the mutation and radiotherapy (p=0.040). Immunohistochemical analyses show that c.5101C> T carriers have reduced PAR-activity. Our results suggest that FANCM c.5101C>T nonsense mutation carriers have a reduced breast cancer survival but postoperative radiotherapy may diminish this survival disadvantage.
  • Heilala, Maria (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Despite the advances in the management of breast cancer, discovery of novel and targeted drugs remains a challenge. It has been suggested that drug failure rates in clinical trials might be diminished by improving the predictive potential of preclinical cancer models. Three-dimensional (3D) scaffold-based cell culture has emerged as an attractive platform for mimicking tissue-like microenvironment, since it is well-known that cells respond to the cues in the extracellular matrix (ECM). The aim of this thesis was to develop fibrin-based hydrogels and evaluate their performance in 3D cell culture of breast cancer cells. The fibrin gel formulation was first optimized by testing the effect of different buffers on gel properties. Structural properties were examined with scanning electron microscopy and mechanical properties measured with oscillatory rheometry. Three different fibrin concentrations of the optimized formulation were then used as scaffolds for DU4475 breast cancer cells. After seven days of culture, the morphology, phenotype and proliferation of the resulting cell structures were assessed by using techniques such as light microscopy, immunofluorescent confocal microscopy and Western blot analysis. The desired properties for 3D cell culture were obtained by preparing fibrin gels at high pH in the absence of calcium. The main finding of the thesis was that fibrin concentration strongly affected the phenotype of DU4475 cells, with cells cultured in the softest gel retaining their original characteristics to the greatest extent. In the future, the developed scaffold could possibly be used in drug discovery and personalized medicine by culturing tumor explants from patients. However, the methods used in the study must be further optimized and the results validated with other breast cancer cell lines and with primary tissues.
  • kConFab Investigators; NBCS Collaborators; Park, JooYong; Choi, Ji-Yeob; Choi, Jaesung; Blomqvist, Carl; Nevanlinna, Heli (2021)
    Simple Summary Breast cancer is the most common cancer in females worldwide. To date, many gene-environment interaction (GxE) studies have been conducted to better understand how genetic factors combine with environmental factors to influence risk. However, previous studies have not found or found only a few interactions by using SNPs which were discovered from genome-wide association studies and have been conducted, for the most part, within European populations. In this study, we focused on estrogen-related lifestyle factors that have been identified for breast cancer, including several well-established reproductive factors that are mediated by hormonal mechanisms. We aimed to examine whether there are any gene and environmental factor interactions related to estrogen exposure or metabolism using a candidate approach in Korean women. We found two interactions in this study, although they were not replicated in the independent large consortium data. These findings suggest specificity in Koreans for breast cancer risk. In this study we aim to examine gene-environment interactions (GxEs) between genes involved with estrogen metabolism and environmental factors related to estrogen exposure. GxE analyses were conducted with 1970 Korean breast cancer cases and 2052 controls in the case-control study, the Seoul Breast Cancer Study (SEBCS). A total of 11,555 SNPs from the 137 candidate genes were included in the GxE analyses with eight established environmental factors. A replication test was conducted by using an independent population from the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC), with 62,485 Europeans and 9047 Asians. The GxE tests were performed by using two-step methods in GxEScan software. Two interactions were found in the SEBCS. The first interaction was shown between rs13035764 of NCOA1 and age at menarche in the GE|2df model (p-2df = 1.2 x 10(-3)). The age at menarche before 14 years old was associated with the high risk of breast cancer, and the risk was higher when subjects had homozygous minor allele G. The second GxE was shown between rs851998 near ESR1 and height in the GE|2df model (p-2df = 1.1 x 10(-4)). Height taller than 160 cm was associated with a high risk of breast cancer, and the risk increased when the minor allele was added. The findings were not replicated in the BCAC. These results would suggest specificity in Koreans for breast cancer risk.