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Clin Chim Acta. 2010 Mar;411(5-6):400-5. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2009.12.010. Epub 2009 Dec 28.

Expression of bcl-2 correlates with poor prognosis and modulates migration of nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan.



The role of bcl-2 expression, bcl-2 inhibitor HA14-1, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 is still unclear in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC).


From 1996 to 2000, 145 patients with newly diagnosed NPC who were treated with high dose radiotherapy were enrolled. The relationship between bcl-2 expression, TNM stage, and disease-specific survival was analyzed. Furthermore, the NPC cell line HONE-1 was used to confirm the relationship between bcl-2 and cell metastasis.


Among the 145 patients, 47 (32.4%) of them were bcl-2 positive. The expression of bcl-2 was significantly correlated with neck lymph node metastasis (p=0.006), and patients with negative bcl-2 expression had better disease-free survival (p=0.007). A Cox regression model revealed that only bcl-2 expression (p=0.023) and stage IV (p=0.043) were statistically significant in the prognosis of NPC. In vitro analysis also showed that treatment with the bcl-2 inhibitor HA14-1 exerted an inhibitory effect on migration and expression of MMP-2 in HONE-1 cells.


Bcl-2 expression represents an important and easily assayed prognostic factor, and it may play an important role in lymph node metastasis. Inhibition of the migration mediated by MMP-2 may be a key feature for the prevention of cancer metastasis.

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