Journal Article


Michael J Duffy
Niall O'Higgins
Enda McDermott
Arnold D K Hill
Catherine Duggan
Yvonne Buggy
Norman McKie
Caroline O'Shea



breast neoplasms fibroadenoma genetics disintegrins diagnosis prognosis adam proteins breast tumor cells cultured biosynthesis metalloendopeptidases rna messenger carcinoma tissue distribution adam9 protein human membrane proteins metabolism humans middle aged rna neoplasm blotting western female muscle proteins

Expression of ADAM-9 mRNA and protein in human breast cancer. (2003)

Abstract The ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloprotease) are membrane proteins containing both protease and adhesion domains and thus may be potentially important in cancer invasion and metastasis. The aim of our study was to investigate the distribution and potential clinical significance of ADAM-9 in breast cancer. ADAM-9 expression was measured using both reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blotting. ADAM-9 mRNA was expressed more frequently in both breast carcinomas (72/110, 66%) and fibroadenomas (21/38, 55%) compared to normal breast tissue (6/25, 24%) (p = 0.0004, p = 0.028, respectively). Multiple forms of ADAM-9 protein were detected by Western blotting, i.e., at 124, 84 and 48 kDa under reducing conditions and at 115, 76, 55, 52 and 46 kDa under nonreducing conditions. The 84 and 55 kDa forms were detected more frequently in the primary cancers compared to normal breast tissue (p < 0.0001, p = 0.0002, respectively). In addition, relative levels of the 84 kDa mature form were significantly higher in the primary cancers than in the fibroadenomas (p = 0.003), while the reverse was found for the 124 kDa precursor form (p = 0.026). In the carcinomas, the 84 kDa form of ADAM-9 protein was expressed at higher levels in node-positive than node-negative cancers (p = 0.05) and correlated positively with HER-2/neu protein levels (r = 0.313, p = 0.016). This is the first report to describe expression of any ADAM in a large number of human carcinomas.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Michael J Duffy, Niall O'Higgins, Enda McDermott, Arnold D K Hill, Catherine Duggan, Yvonne Buggy, Norman McKie, Caroline O'Shea

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Michael J Duffy
University College Dublin
E W McDermott
University College Dublin
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Arnold D K Hill
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Total Publications: 110