Overexpression and translocation of dynamin 2 promotes tumor aggressiveness in breast carcinomas

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Roya Sajed
Leili Saeednejad Zanjani
Mandana Rahimi
Maryam Mansoori
Amir-Hassan Zarnani
Zahra Madjd
Roya Ghods


Dynamin 2 is a GTPase protein that has been implicated in cancer progression through its various roles such as endocytosis, morphogenesis, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), cellular contractions, and focal adhesion maturation. The increased expression levels of this molecule have been demonstrated with the development of several cancers such as prostate, pancreas, and bladder. However, its clinical significance in breast cancer is unclear yet. In the present study, the membranous, cytoplasmic, and nuclear expression levels of dynamin 2 molecule were evaluated for the first time, using immunohistochemistry (IHC) on tissue microarray (TMA) slides in 113 invasive breast cancer tissues. Moreover, afterward, the association between the dynamin 2 expression and clinicopathological features was determined. Our finding showed that, a higher nuclear expression of dynamin 2 is significantly associated with an increase in tumor stage (P = 0.05), histological grade (P = 0.001), and age of the patients (P = 0.03). In addition, analysis of the cytoplasmic expression levels of this molecule revealed that, there was a statistically significant difference between the expression levels of dynamin 2 among the different breast cancer subtypes (P = 0.003). Moreover, a significant association was found between the increased expression of dynamin 2 membranous and vascular invasion (VI) (P = 0.02). We showed that dynamin 2 protein expression has an association with more aggressive tumor behavior and more advanced disease in the patients with breast cancer; therefore, dynamin 2 molecule could be considered as an indicator of disease progression and aggressiveness.

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Sajed, R., Saeednejad Zanjani, L., Rahimi, M. ., Mansoori, M. ., Zarnani, A.-H. ., Madjd, Z. ., & Ghods, R. (2020). Overexpression and translocation of dynamin 2 promotes tumor aggressiveness in breast carcinomas. EXCLI Journal, 19, 1423-1435. https://doi.org/10.17179/excli2020-2762
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