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Oncol Rep. 2000 Sep-Oct;7(5):1065-7.

Expression and prognostic value of the standard CD44 protein in pulmonary adenocarcinoma.

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  • 1First Department of Surgery, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Itabashi-Ku, Tokyo 173, Japan.


We examined immunohistochemically the expression of the standard form of CD44 (CD44S) tissue specimens from 164 patients with pulmonary adenocarcinoma. Of the 164 specimens, 79 (48%) expressed CD44S and the incidence of expression correlated with the tumor size. The prognosis for CD44S positive patients was poorer than that of CD44S negative patients. Our findings suggest that CD44S plays an important role in tumor progression and that CD44S expression is a useful prognostic marker for pulmonary adenocarcinomas.

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