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Pathol Res Pract. 2008;204(10):707-17. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2008.03.011. Epub 2008 Jun 24.

Relationship of Ki67, TP53, MDM-2 and BCL-2 expressions with WHO 1973 and WHO/ISUP grades, tumor category and overall patient survival in urothelial tumors of the bladder.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Gazi University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. dripek@gmail.com


Using the 1998 World Health Organization/International Society of Urological Pathology (WHO/ISUP) (2004 WHO), 1999 WHO/ISUP, and 1973 WHO classifications, we examined Ki67, BCL-2, TP53, and MDM-2 expressions in invasive and noninvasive urothelial neoplasias of the bladder of 72 patients, and compared the results regarding tumor category and grade with clinical outcome to determine the clinicopathological relevance of these classifications. Ki67 and TP53 expressions were correlated with tumor grades of the 1973 WHO classification, and they also distinguished "papillary urothelial neoplasm with low malignant potential" from other WHO/ISUP grades (p < 0.05). No difference was observed for Ki67 and TP53 expressions between the other WHO/ISUP grades (p > 0.05). Neither tumor grade nor tumor category correlated with MDM-2 or BCL-2 expressions (p > 0.05). WHO/ISUP classifications are obviously not superior to the 1973 WHO classification for grading urothelial neoplasia of the bladder. However, if the "papillary urothelial neoplasm with low malignant potential" is distinguished from grade 1 tumors of the 1973 WHO classification, more precise prognostic information may be obtained.

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