Expression Profile of Wnt/β-Catenin Signalling Molecules and the Wnt Antagonist Secreted Frizzled-Related Protein 4 in Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Tissue Micro-Arrays


  • A. Clare Berry School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, UWA, Crawley, Australia,Department of Pediatric Pathology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Subiaco, Australia
  • Adrian Charles Department of Pediatric Pathology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Subiaco, Australia
  • Nikolajs Zeps St John of God Pathology, Subiaco, Australia
  • D. Mark Cregan School of Biomedical Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences, UWA, Crawley, Australia
  • Frank Arfuso School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, UWA, Crawley, Australia,School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University
  • Arun Dharmarajan School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, UWA, Crawley, Australia, School of Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University



Wnt, Breast, cancer, tissue micro-arrays, secreted frizzled-related protein 4


Wnt proteins are often up-regulated in cancer. The secreted frizzled-related proteins (sFRPs) can abrogate Wnt signalling and are involved in apoptosis. We investigated the expression of Wnt1, β-Catenin, and an antagonist, sFRP4, as well as apoptosis in breast cancer using tissue micro-arrays (TMAs) comprising 191 tissue cores. Results demonstrated stronger staining intensity for Wnt1 in tumour versus non-tumour samples (p<0.05). Epithelial sFRP4 did not differ between invasive and non-invasive tissue; however, there was increased sFRP4 expression in the blood vessels and lymphocyte cells of tumour compared to non-tumour tissue. These data suggest Wnt involvement in determining the breast cancer phenotype and highlight a potential new role for sFRP4 as a diagnostic/prognostic marker.


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How to Cite

A. Clare Berry, Adrian Charles, Nikolajs Zeps, D. Mark Cregan, Frank Arfuso, & Arun Dharmarajan. (2014). Expression Profile of Wnt/β-Catenin Signalling Molecules and the Wnt Antagonist Secreted Frizzled-Related Protein 4 in Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Tissue Micro-Arrays. Journal of Analytical Oncology, 3(4),  205–212.