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Genetic profile analysis of tumor stem cells in locally advanced breast cancer

Grant number: 13/24757-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): March 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal Investigator:Daniel Guimarães Tiezzi
Grantee:Willian Abraham da Silveira
Supervisor abroad: Charles Theillet
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Institut de Recherche en Cancérologie de Montpellier (IRCM), France  
Associated to the scholarship:11/19758-5 - Genetic profile analysis of tumor stem cells in locally advanced breast cancer, BP.DR


The breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the metastatic dissemination is the principal factor related to death by this disease. Breast tumors are highly heterogeneous and are classified based (1) histology, (2) the expression of ER and PR and HER2 and (3) differentiation state/gene expression profiles into subtypes. The model concerning expression profiles refined by the group of Dr. Charles Theillet in 2012, depicting six subtypes with different degrees of aggressiveness and differentiation. Once the hierarchical model was accepted to explain cancer behavior, the its primordial cells was designed as cancer stem cells (CSC). Is possible that this cells are involved in the heterogeneity, in the different differentiation degree of cells in the tumor and in resistance to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The aim of this project is unravel both the expression profile differences between breast cancer stem cells from tumors of patients responsive and unresponsive to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and the difference between the cancer stem cell subpopulation and the bulk of the tumor. For that, we will analyze the expression profile of breast cancer cell line models, patient derived xenografts and tumor samples from patients diagnosed with locally advanced breast cancer collect previously to the beginning of the treatment. The current proposal is linked to the project "Genetic profile analysis of tumor stem cells in locally advanced breast cancer", FAPESP grant number 11/19758-5. (AU)