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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 164

of 'Prognostic and predictive factors in early, nonmetastatic breast cancer'

Elevated plasma tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 level predicts decreased response and survival in metastatic breast cancer.
Lipton A, Ali SM, Leitzel K, Demers L, Evans DB, Hamer P, Brown-Shimer S, Pierce K, Carney W
Cancer. 2007;109(10):1933.
BACKGROUND: Tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMPs) have at least 2 different functions. They inhibit the catalytic activity of matrix metalloproteinases, and they act as growth factors.
METHODS: Pretreatment ethylenediamine tetracetic acid plasma TIMP-1 was assayed from 251 patients who were enrolled in a Phase III, second-line, hormone therapy trial, and from a control group of 50 healthy, postmenopausal women by using the TIMP-1 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
RESULTS: The plasma TIMP-1 levels from the postmenopausal control group (n = 50 women) were 201 +/- 86 ng/mL mean +/- standard deviation (range, 49-455 ng/mL). The upper limit of normal was defined as the mean +/- 2 standard deviations of the control group (373 ng/mL). Patient pretreatment plasma TIMP-1 levels ranged from 70 ng/mL to 982 ng/mL. Plasma TIMP-1 was elevated above the mean + 2 standard deviations of the control group (373 ng/mL) in 19 patients (7.6%). In univariate analysis, patients who had elevated versus normal plasma TIMP-1 levels had a reduced clinical benefit rate (CBR) (16% vs 42%; P = .03). The time to progression (TTP) (84 days vs 174 days; P<.0001) and overall survival (141 days vs 860 days; P = .0001) also were significantly shorter in patients who had elevated TIMP-1 levels. TTP and overall survival also were significantly shorter in patients who had higher TIMP-1 plasma levels when it was analyzed as a continuous variable. In multivariate analysis, elevated plasma TIMP-1 level remained a prognostic factor for reduced overall survival (P<.0001) along with elevated serum HER-2/neu (P<.0001) and the presence of visceral metastases (P = .008).
CONCLUSIONS: Elevated pretreatment plasma levels of TIMP-1 predicted a decreased response to second-line hormone therapy and reduced survival in women with metastatic breast cancer.
Department of Hematology-Oncology, Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033, USA.