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APMIS. 2010 Aug;118(8):565-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0463.2010.02616.x.

The immunohistochemical expression of BNIP3 protein in non-small-cell lung cancer: a tissue microarray study.

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Laboratory of Molecular Pathology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.


Drug resistance is one of the reasons for chemotherapy failure in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). One of the major mechanisms of drug resistance is the inhibition of chemotherapy-induced apoptosis. Therefore, the study of novel cell death pathways could possibly enable us to overcome resistance to apoptosis in NSCLC. One of the non-caspase types of cell death is autophagy. BNIP3 protein, a Bcl-2 family member, highly expressed in some tumours, plays a key role in the induction of autophagy. In the present study, we investigated the immunohistochemical expression and subcellular localization of BNIP3 in a series of early- and late-stage non-small-cell lung carcinomas and normal bronchial tissues, and correlated this expression with the occurrence of metastasis and survival. BNIP3 was strongly expressed in the nucleus of cancer cells in 16/79 (20.3%) cases. This BNIP3 positivity did not correlate with histological grade, stage, histology type, metastatic potential, or expression of BNIP3 according to median values. No significant correlation was observed between the expression of BNIP3 and the overall survival of NSCLC patients (p = 0.55). Nor did we find any significant correlation between BNIP3 expression and the occurrence of site-specific metastasis (p = 0.85).

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