The polycomb protein MEL-18 has been proposed as a tumor suppressor in breast cancer; however, its functional relevance to the hormonal regulation of breast cancer remains unknown. Here, we demonstrated that MEL-18 loss contributes to the hormone-independent phenotype of breast cancer by modulating hormone receptor expression. In multiple breast cancer cohorts, MEL-18 was markedly downregulated in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). MEL-18 expression positively correlated with the expression of luminal markers, including estrogen receptor–α (ER-α, encoded by
Jeong-Yeon Lee, Hee-Young Won, Ji-Hye Park, Hye-Yeon Kim, Hee-Joo Choi, Dong-Hui Shin, Ju-Hee Kang, Jong-Kyu Woo, Seung-Hyun Oh, Taekwon Son, Jin-Woo Choi, Sehwan Kim, Hyung-Yong Kim, Kijong Yi, Ki-Seok Jang, Young-Ha Oh, Gu Kong
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