Background/aim: SLC20A1 has been identified as a prognostic marker in ER+ breast cancer. However, the role of SLC20A1 expression in breast cancer subtypes other than the ER+ types remains unclear.
Materials and methods: Genomics datasets were downloaded and analyzed, and the effect of SLC20A1 knockdown using targeted siRNA on cell viability and tumor-sphere formation was assessed.
Results: SLC20A1high patients with ER+, claudin-low or basal-like breast cancers showed poor prognoses. SLC20A1high patients treated with radiotherapy had poor clinical outcomes. SLC20A1 knockdown suppressed the viability of MDA-MB 231 (claudin-low), MDA-MB 468 (basal-like) and MCF-7 (ER+) cells, and tumor-sphere formation by ALDH1high cells. These results suggest that SLC20A1 is involved in cancer progression and contributes to clinical outcomes in patients with ER+, claudin-low and basal-like breast cancers.
Conclusion: SLC20A1 is a potential prognostic marker and therapeutic target in ER+, claudin-low and basal-like breast cancers.
Keywords: ALDH1; Breast cancer; SLC20A1; basal-like; cancer stem cell; claudin-low; prognostic marker.
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