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Solid tumours comprise mixtures of tumour cells (TCs) and tumour-adjacent cells (TACs), and the intricate interconnections between these diverse populations shape the tumour's microenvironment. Despite this complexity, clinical genomic profiling is typically performed from bulk samples, without distinguishing TCs from TACs. To better understand TC-TAC interactions, we computationally distinguish their transcriptomes in 1780 primary breast tumours. We show that TC and TAC mRNA abundances are divergently associated with clinical phenotypes, including tumour subtypes and patient survival. These differences reflect distinct responses of TCs and TACs to specific somatic driver mutations, particularly TP53. These data further elucidate how the molecular interplay between breast tumours and their microenvironment drives aggressive tumour phenotypes.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/s41467-019-10929-z

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nat Commun

Publication Date

15/07/2019

Volume

10

Keywords

Biomarkers, Tumor, Breast Neoplasms, Clinical Decision-Making, Female, Gene Expression Profiling, Humans, Prognosis, RNA, Messenger, Tumor Microenvironment