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IL-8 is a novel marker for breast cancer


Estrogen receptor (ER) status is an important parameter in breast cancer management as ER-positive breast cancers have a better prognosis than ER-negative tumors. This difference comes essentially from the lower aggressiveness and invasiveness of ER-positive tumors.


Here, we demonstrate that IL-8 is clearly overexpressed in most ER-negative breast cell lines and breast tumor samples tested. We have also performed a large clinical study on breast tumor samples to determine whether IL-8 expression could be correlated with other clinical parameters. In addition, in vitro studies show that the invasion potential of ER-negative breast cancer cells is associated at least in part with expression of IL-8, but not with IL-8 receptor levels. Moreover, IL-8 increases the invasiveness of ER-positive breast cancer cells, thus confirming the invasion-promoting role of IL-8. Overexpression of IL-8 in ER-negative breast cancer cells involves a high transcriptional activity of the IL-8 promoter. By analysing the IL-8 promoter, we have identified the elements responsible for IL-8 overexpression in ER-negative breast cancer cells.


Taken together, these results provide the basis for the control of IL-8 expression in breast cancer and define IL-8 as a novel marker of breast cancers.

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Chavey, C., Freund, A., Durand, S. et al. IL-8 is a novel marker for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res 7, P4.11 (2005).

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  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Cell
  • Breast Cell
  • Invasion Potential
  • Cancer Management