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J Korean Med Sci. 2002 Jun;17(3):322-7.

Expression of cyclin B1 and cdc2 in nodal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and its prognostic implications.

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Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.


To investigate the role of cyclin B1 and cdc2 in the pathogenesis and progression of malignant lymphoma, 68 cases of nodal non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were examined about the expression of cyclin B1 and cdc2 along with p53 and Ki-67 by immunohistochemical method. The correlation of their expression with various clinicopathologic findings was also analyzed. Cyclin B1 and cdc2 were diffusely expressed in 39 cases (57.4%) and 54 cases (79.4%) out of 68 cases studied, respectively. The mean labeling indices of cyclin B1 and cdc2 in malignant lymphoma were 31.9% and 68.0%, respectively. In normal lymphoid tissues, cyclin B1 and cdc2 were expressed predominantly in the germinal center with mean labeling indices of 13.9% and 28.3%, respectively. The correlation between the expression of cyclin B1 and cdc2 was noted (p=0.013). The expression of Ki-67 was correlated with that of cyclin B1 (p=0.023) and marginally correlated with that of cdc2 (p=0.056). The expression of cdc2 and p53 in complete remission group to chemotherapy was lower than that of progressive disease group (p=0.047, p=0.049). In multivariate analysis, the clinical stage alone showed significance on overall survival (p=0.049). In conclusion, cyclin B1 and cdc2 appeared to be involved in the genesis or progression of malignant lymphoma and cdc2 can be a useful marker for response to chemotherapy.

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