Adipose-enriched peri-tumoral stroma, in contrast to myofibroblast-enriched stroma, prognosticates poorer survival in breast cancers

Hannah Si Hui Lau, Veronique Kiak Mien Tan, Benita Kiat Tee Tan, Yirong Sim, Jelmar Quist, Aye Aye Thike, Puay Hoon Tan, Shazib Pervaiz, Anita Grigoriadis, Kanaga Sabapathy*

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Abstract

Despite our understanding of the genetic basis of intra-tumoral heterogeneity, the role of stromal heterogeneity arising from an altered tumor microenvironment in affecting tumorigenesis is poorly understood. In particular, extensive study on the peri-tumoral stroma in the morphologically normal tissues surrounding the tumor is lacking. Here, we examine the heterogeneity in tumors and peri-tumoral stroma from 8 ER+/PR+/HER2- invasive breast carcinomas, through multi-region transcriptomic profiling by microarray. We describe the regional heterogeneity observed at the intrinsic molecular subtype, pathway enrichment, and cell type composition levels within each tumor and its peri-tumoral region, up to 7 cm from the tumor margins. Moreover, we identify a pro-inflammatory adipose-enriched peri-tumoral subtype which was significantly associated with poorer overall survival in breast cancer patients, in contrast to an adaptive immune cell- and myofibroblast-enriched subtype. These data together suggest that peri-tumoral heterogeneity may be an important determinant of the evolution and treatment of breast cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number84
Number of pages14
Journalnpj Breast Cancer
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date20 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2023

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