Value of 8S/4S fractionation of estrogen receptors (ER) for prediction of response to hormonal manipulation in metastatic breast cancer

Grace Wang, Charles L. Vogel, Susan G. Hilsenbeck, Walter Voigt, Sharon Thomsen

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Using sucrose gradient centrifugation, human breast cancer estrogen receptors appear in two molecular forms sedimenting at either 8S or 4S fractions. The sum of these two fractions has been valuable clinically in helping to predict response to hormonal therapies. It has been suggested that the 4S receptor may not be of predictive value and that the practice of using only dextran-coated charcoal methodology might thus overestimate the number of patients whose tumors might be hormonally dependent. The present study correlates clinical response to hormonal manipulations with 8S and 4S receptors as determined by sucrose density gradient centrifugation. Patients with only 4S positive receptors had a 56% response rate to hormonal manipulation compared with a 52% response rate in patients with positive 8S alone or with both 8S and 4S receptors. Although patient numbers are small in this and the other three published series addressing this question, our data do not confirm two previously published studies suggesting clinical importance of 8S/4S fractionation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalBreast cancer research and treatment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984



  • estrogen receptor
  • hormone therapy response
  • sedimentation values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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