Breast Cancer

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 301–306 | Cite as

Upregulation and overexpression of human x-box binding protein 1 (hXBP-1) gene in primary breast cancers

  • Takashi Fujimoto
  • Masamitsu Onda
  • Hisaki Nagai
  • Takemitsu Nagahata
  • Kenji Ogawa
  • Mitsuru Emi
Original Article



Human X-box binding protein 1 (hXBP-1) is a transcription factor essential for hepatocyte growth as well as for plasma cell differentiation. hXBP-1 also binds to cis-elements of human T cell leukemia virus and human major histocompatibility complex genes. In order to clarify the role of XBP-1 in breast cancer, here we investigated the expression of XBP-1 in 11 primary breast cancers and 5 breast cancer cell lines.

Materials and Methods

The study population consisted of eleven patients who were underwent surgery for breast cancer from 2000 to 2002. Five breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-453, CRL1500, YMB-1-E, MCF7 and HBL100) were analyzed for XBP-1 expression. Reverse transcription Polymerase chain reaction was performed on 6 primary breast cancers. Then we investigated XBP-1 expression by immunohistochemically on archived paraffin-embedded sections.


hXBP-1 mRNA expression was increased in all 11 primary breast cancers we examined, as well as 5 breast cancer cell lines, but hardly detectable in non-cancerous breast tissue. Immunohistochemical staining demonstrated that hXBP-1 protein stained strongly in the cytoplasm of cancer cells but was unreactive in the normal breast ductal epithelial and myoepithelial cells.


These data indicate that increased expression of the hXBP-1 gene may play some role in human breast carcinogenesis through impairment of cell differentiation regulation.

Key words

Breast cancer Human X-box binding protein 1 (hXBP-1) Immunohistochemistry Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) 



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© The Japanese Breast Cancer Society 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takashi Fujimoto
    • 1
    • 2
  • Masamitsu Onda
    • 1
  • Hisaki Nagai
    • 1
  • Takemitsu Nagahata
    • 1
  • Kenji Ogawa
    • 2
  • Mitsuru Emi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of GerontologyNippon Medical SchoolKawasakiJapan
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryTokyo Women’s Medical University Daini HospitalJapan

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