Scientific Reports | VOL. 12

Chemokine receptors differentially expressed by race category and molecular subtype in the breast cancer TCGA cohort

Publication Date Jun 26, 2022


Racial disparities in mortality due to metastasis remain significant among breast cancer patients. Chemokine receptors contribute to breast tumors and metastatic outcome. We explored for significant differences in chemokine receptor expression in breast tumors from Black, Asian, and White patients in The Cancer Genome Atlas. We show that despite sharing the same molecular subtype, expression of the chemokine receptors ACKR1, CCR3, CCR6, CCRL1, CCRL2, CXCR1, CXCR2, CXCR4, CXCR6, and CXC3CR1 was significantly different depending on racial group. For patients with triple negative breast cancer, CCR3 was higher in Black versus White and CCRL2 was higher in Asian versus White. In luminal A tumors, ACKR1 was lower in Asian versus White, CCR3 was higher in Black versus White, and CCR6 and CXC3CR1 were lower in Black versus White. In luminal B tumors, CCRL2 was lower in Black versus White, CXCR1 and CXC3CR1 were lower in Asian versus White, and CXCR2 was lower in Black and Asian versus White. In HER2 enriched tumors, CCR3 was higher in Black versus White and CXCR4 lower in Asian versus White. CCR3, CCR6, and CXCR6 associated with worse patient survival. These findings can inform improved treatment strategies to decrease racial disparities in breast cancer burden.

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Differences In Chemokine Receptor Expression
Racial Disparities In Mortality
Chemokine Receptors
HER2 Enriched Tumors
Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Molecular Subtype
Breast Cancer Burden
Worse Patient Survival
Breast Cancer
Disparities In Mortality

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