CCNE1 and BRD4 co-amplification in high-grade serous ovarian cancer is associated with poor clinical outcomes

Shariska Petersen, Andrew J. Wilson, Jeff Hirst, Katherine F. Roby, Oluwole Fadare, Marta A. Crispens, Alicia Beeghly-Fadiel, Dineo Khabele

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Objective: High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) is the most common and lethal histological subtype of epithelial ovarian cancer. HGSOC with cyclin E1 gene (CCNE1) amplification and bromodomain and extraterminal 4 (BRD4) amplification have been associated with poor outcomes. Our objective was to evaluate clinical outcomes of HGSOC with co-amplification of CCNE1 and BRD4 and high protein expression of cyclin E and BRD4. Methods: Copy number amplification data were extracted from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) for 579 HGSOC. Reverse phase protein array (RPPA) TCGA data were used to determine cyclin E and BRD4 protein expression in 482 HGSOC. Cyclin E and BRD4 protein expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) was evaluated in a tissue microarray (TMA) of 110 HGSOC. Measured clinical outcomes were survival and platinum sensitivity. Results: Of 30% of HGSOC with amplifications in CCNE1 or BRD4, 8% have both CCNE1 and BRD4 amplification. Protein expression of cyclin E and BRD4 are positively correlated, both by RPPA (r = 0.23; p < 0.001) and by IHC (r = 0.21; p = 0.025). Patients with CCNE1 and BRD4 co-amplified HGSOC have worse overall survival than patients without amplifications, 39.94 vs 48.06 months (p = 0.029). High protein expression of cyclin E, but not BRD4, was associated with poor overall survival (HR 1.62, 1.04–2.53, p = 0.033) and platinum resistance (p = 0.016). Conclusion: HGSOC with CCNE1 and BRD4 co-amplification are associated with poor overall survival. Further studies are warranted to determine the use of protein expression by IHC as a surrogate marker for CCNE1 and BRD4 co-amplified HGSOC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-410
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2020


  • BRD4
  • CCNE1
  • Cyclin E
  • High-grade serous ovarian cancer
  • Homologous recombination proficient


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