Receptor tyrosine kinases are known to be involved in the growth, progression and metastasis of solid tumors. We investigated the relationship between tie-1 expression and progression of invasive ductal breast carcinoma with immunohistochemical analysis. Tie-1 protein was detected in the microvessel endothelial cells and cytoplasm of tumor cells. The tumor size and stage were significantly associated with the expression of tie-1, which portends a worse 5-year disease-free status (39.3% v 59.2%, p = 0.07) and overall survival rate (67.3% v 93%, p = 0.02) than those without tie-1 expression. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that larger tumor size, presence of lymph node metastasis and tie-1 expression were independent prognostic parameters, both in 5-year disease-free survival and overall survival. Patients with lymph node metastases and tie-1 expression had the worst 5-year disease-free survival (0%) and overall survival (42.4%) compared to those without tie-1 expression (50.2%, 85%). In lymph node negative patients, those without tie-1 expression had better 5-year disease-free survival and overall survival (72.9%, 100%) compared to those with tie-1 expression (65.5%, 87.7%). We conclude that tie-1 expression is an independent prognostic factor for invasive ductal breast carcinoma, adversely affecting survival of breast cancer patients with positive nodes to a significant extent.
|頁（從 - 到）||2163-2170|
|出版狀態||Published - 5月 2001|