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Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2010 Nov;29(6):587-93. doi: 10.1097/PGP.0b013e3181e0898e.

Overexpression of LAPTM4B-35 in cervical carcinoma: a clinicopathologic study.

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  • 1Department of Gynecology, The Affiliated Tumor Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China.

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  • Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2011 May;30(3):314-5.


Lysosome-associated protein transmembrane 4β-35 (LAPTM4B-35) is a member of the mammalian 4-tetratransmembrane spanning protein superfamily, which is overexpressed in several solid malignancies. However, the expression of LAPTM4B-35 and its role in the progression of cervical carcinoma is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the level of expression of LAPTM4B-35 in cervical carcinoma. Immunohistochemistry was used to determine the expression of LAPTM4B-35 protein in 53 cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CINs) and 113 cervical carcinomas in comparison with 20 normal cervical specimens. The correlation between the expression of the LAPTM4B-35 protein and the clinicopathologic characteristics of patients with cervical carcinoma was analyzed. Statistical analysis showed that LAPTM4B-35 expression was significantly elevated in CINII/III and cervical carcinoma but not in CINI compared with the normal controls (P=0.002, P<0.001 and P=0.289, respectively). In addition, the LAPTM4B-35 expression was significantly higher in both the CINII/III and cervical carcinoma cases than in the CINI cases (P=0.021 and P=0.002, respectively). High LAPTM4B-35 staining was present in 72.57% (82 of 113) of all the cases with cervical carcinoma. The overexpression of LAPTM4B-35 was significantly associated with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage (P=0.014), tumor histologic grade (P=0.033), lymph node metastasis (P=0.045), and recurrence (P=0.010). The Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that the high expression of LAPTM4B-35 was related to the poor overall survival and disease-free survival of patients with cervical carcinoma (P=0.004 and P=0.005, respectively). Multivariate Cox analysis showed that LAPTM4B-35 was an independent factor for both overall survival and disease-free survival (P=0.015 and P=0.016, respectively). Overexpression of LAPTM4B-35 may be associated with tumor progression in cervical carcinoma and thus may serve as a new molecular marker to predict the prognosis of cervical carcinoma patients.

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