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Poster display session

4762 - Expression of estrogen receptors and beta-III tubulin in non-small cell lung cancer tissue


11 Sep 2017


Poster display session


Evgeniya Ponomarenko


Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v573-v594. 10.1093/annonc/mdx390


E. Ponomarenko1, I. Mamichev1, T.A. Bogush2, O.M. Ryabinina2, J.B. Dyakova1, D. Novikov2, B.E. Polotsky2, M.M. Davydov3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Laboratory Of Medical Chemistry, N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, 115478 - Moscow/RU
  • 2 Laboratory Of Medical Chemistry, N. N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, 115478 - Moscow/RU
  • 3 Thoracic Surgery Department, N. N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, 115478 - Moscow/RU


Abstract 4762


Estrogen receptors beta (ERβ) are highly expressed in different normal and neoplastic tissues that, until recently, has been considered to be ER-negative based on ERα expression evaluation. Among the genes, regulated via estrogen signaling there is one, coding microtubule protein beta-III tubulin (TUBB3). TUBB3 expression is found in many solid tumors and is linked to poor prognosis and resistance to taxanes. Since it is little known about mechanisms behind TUBB3 expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we decided to find out if there is a correlation between ER and TUBB3 expression in this type of cancer.


104 surgical samples of NSCLC were converted to single-cell suspension, stained with primary anti-ERα (abSP-1), anti-ERβ (ab14C8), anti-TUBB3 (ab7751) antibodies and secondary fluorescent antibodies. Immunofluorescent estimation was performed using flow cytometry. Expression level was determined as the ratio (%) of specifically fluorescent cells to the number of cells stained with secondary antibodies. Spearman rank correlation was used to test the association between variables.


Both ER were revealed in all NSCLC specimens. Mean expression level of ERβ was significantly higher compared with ERα (46,6 ± 17,0% vs 23,2 ± 14,2%, respectively). Mean TUBB3 expression level was 43,1±15,7%. In all the tumors investigated only weak correlation observed between and ER status and TUBB3 expression level (rs = 0,3 and rs = 0,4 for ERα and ERβ, respectively). In the group of squamous cell cancer specimens (n = 68) the association was strong (rs = 0,5 and rs = 0,5 for ERα and ERβ, respectively). In the group of adenocarcinoma specimens (n = 36) the correlation between ERα and TUBB3 was very weak (rs = 0,3) and there was no correlation between ERβ and TUBB3.


1. Strong correlation between TUBB3 and ER expression was found only in squamous cell cancer tissue. 2. The dominant type of estrogen receptors is ERβ. 3. In clinical terms high ERβ expression means that in case of resistance to standart platinum/taxane duplets, patients with high tumor ERβ expression may benefit from antiestrogen therapy. Supported by RFBR grants (№№15-04-06991-а, 16-34-01049-mol-a) and grant of the President of RF МК-7709.2016.7.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center.


Russian Foundation for Basic Research Grants, grant of the President of Russian Federation.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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