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Mansoori M, Mirzaei A, Abdi Rad I, Mahmodlou R, Mansouri F, Saeednejad Zanjani L, et al . Upregulation of Ganglioside GD2 Synthase (GD2S), as a New Putative Cancer Stem Cell Marker in Breast Carcinomas. Med J Islam Repub Iran 2021; 35 (1) :1104-1112
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Background: GD2 synthase (GD2S) is the key enzyme required for ganglioside GD2 synthesis. It is commonly expressed in normal tissues and various cancers. Ganglioside GD2 is identified as a breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) marker that promotes tumorigenesis. As GD2S has been found to be a useful molecular marker in neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma tumors, we suggest that it can be considered as a suitable candidate for the detection of CSCs in breast cancer tissues.
    Methods: Expression of GD2S was examined in 65 breast tumors compared to adjacent normal tissues, applying quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The association between GD2S expression level and patients’ clinical characteristics was also assessed.
   Results: Our findings showed that GD2S mRNA expression was significantly higher in breast cancer tissues in comparison to normal adjacent tissue samples (4.92-fold change, p<0.001) in advanced grades (p<0.001) and stages (p<0.001). It was also shown that GD2S protein expression was significantly higher in breast cancer tissues in comparison to normal adjacent tissues (4.86-fold change, p=0.010) in advanced grades (p=0.010), stages (p=0.005) and larger tumor size (p=0.002).
   Conclusion: The current study showed that increased expression of GD2S in advanced breast cancer potentiates it as a promising tumor marker in these patients.
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