To understand the molecular alterations driving the progression of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), we compared patients with pure DCIS and patients with DCIS and synchronous invasive breast cancer (IBC). Twelve patients with extensive pure DCIS were included as a representation of indolent lesions with limited invasive capacity. These cases were matched with 12 patients with a limited DCIS component and IBC, representing lesions with a high invasive potential. Matching included age and surrogate DCIS subtypes. Gene expression profiling was performed on DCIS cells to identify transcriptional differences between these two groups. The identified genes were validated by immunohistochemistry. Nine genes showed significantly different expression. Most of these genes were highly expressed in DCIS samples with IBC, including PLAU (P = 0.002), COL1A1 (P = 0.006), KRT81 (P = 0.009), S100A7 (P = 0.015), SCGB1D2 (P = 0.023), KRT18 (P = 0.029), and NOTCH3 (P = 0.044), whereas EGFR and CXCL14 showed a higher expression in cases with pure DCIS (P = 0.015 and P = 0.028, respectively). This difference was only significant for SCGB1D2 (P = 0.009). Hierarchical clustering revealed distinct clustering of patients with and without invasion. Patients with pure DCIS have a different gene expression pattern as compared to patients with DCIS and synchronous IBC. These genes may pinpoint to driver pathway(s) that play an important role in DCIS progression.,
American Journal of Pathology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Doebar, S. C., Sieuwerts, A., de Weerd, V., Stoop, H., Martens, J., & van Deurzen, C. (2017). Gene Expression Differences between Ductal Carcinoma in Situ with and without Progression to Invasive Breast Cancer. American Journal of Pathology, 187(7), 1648–1655. doi:10.1016/j.ajpath.2017.03.012