Analysis of TP53 gene and particular infrastructural alterations in invasive ductal mammary carcinoma

Vol. 61 No. 2, 2020


Corina Elena Mihalcea, Ana-Maria Morosanu, Daniela Murarasu, Liliana Puiu, Sabin-Aurel Cinca, Silviu Cristian Voinea, Nicolae Mirancea

This study was conducted in order to determine the mutational status of TP53 gene and to determine some particular aspects from ultrastructural level in invasive mammary ductal carcinoma. The cellular signaling pathway involving the TP53 gene acts in biological deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) repair processes and cell cycle arrest following a signal transmitted to the p53 protein when posttranslational changes occur in the cell due to stress induced in the cell by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Cellular stress activates the transcription factor function of the protein that initiates, as the case may be, either DNA repair or programmed cell death (apoptosis). The TP53 gene is commonly mutated in many human cancers and also has a highly polymorphic grade. To determine the mutational status of the exons 4-9 of the TP53 gene, we used extracted DNA from fresh breast tissue, and we analyzed it through direct sequencing. In mammary carcinoma, the mutation frequency of TP53 is running between 20-40% and, in regards the polymorphism, at least 14 different forms were identified, that are associated with cancer risk. The mutation type distribution showed a predominance of deletions and a reduced frequency of substitutions comparing with International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) database. Taken in consideration the importance of the tumor associated stroma in tumor development, we have also investigated some particular aspects at the infrastructural level of invasive mammary ductal carcinoma, notably concerning telocytes as tumor stroma interstitial cells by transmission electron microscopy analysis.

Corresponding author: Nicolae Mirancea, PhD, Senior Scientist grade I; e-mail:

DOI: 10.47162/RJME.61.2.13 Download PDF
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