Background/Aim: Matrix-producing breast carcinoma (MPBC) is a rare and usually aggressive triplenegative breast cancer (TNBC). In this study, we determined drug sensitivity for a triple-negative MPBC, without BRCA mutations, in a patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) model. Materials and Methods: The MPBC PDOX model was established in the left 2nd mammary gland of nude mouse by implantation of the patient tumor using surgical orthotopic implantation (SOI). We randomized MPBC PDOX mice into 5 groups (n=5 mice/per treatment group) when the tumor volume reached 80 mm3: G1, control-no treatment; G2, bevacizumab [intra-peritoneal (i.p.), weekly, for 2 weeks]; G3, vinorelbine (i.p., weekly, for 2 weeks); G4, olaparib (oral., daily, for 2 weeks); G5, eribulin [intravenous (i.v.), weekly, for 2 weeks]. The mice in each treatment group were sacrificed on day 15. Tumor volume and body weight were measured once/week. Results: The MPBC PDOX model was resistant to olaparib (p=0.22). The MPBC PDOX model treated with bevacizumab and vinorelbine showed significantly suppressed tumor growth compared to the untreated group (p=0.005 and 0.002, respectively). However, only eribulin regressed the tumor (p=0.0001). Eribulin was more effective than olaparib (p=0.0001), bevacizumab (p=0.0025) and vinorelbine (p=0.0061). Conclusion: Eribulin has clinical potential as treatment for triple-negative MPBC patients that are resistant to a PARP inhibitor such as olaparib.
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