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Clin Cancer Res. 2011 May 1;17(9):2934-46. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-10-1803. Epub 2011 Jan 17.

Prediction of postoperative recurrence-free survival in non-small cell lung cancer by using an internationally validated gene expression model.

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  • 1Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA.



This study was performed to discover prognostic genomic markers associated with postoperative outcome of stage I to III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that are reproducible between geographically distant and demographically distinct patient populations.


American patients (n = 27) were stratified on the basis of recurrence and microarray profiling of their tumors was performed to derive a training set of 44 genes. A larger Korean patient validation cohort (n = 138) was also stratified by recurrence and screened for these genes. Four reproducible genes were identified and used to construct genomic and clinicogenomic Cox models for both cohorts.


Four genomic markers, DBN1 (drebrin 1), CACNB3 (calcium channel beta 3), FLAD1 (PP591; flavin adenine dinucleotide synthetase), and CCND2 (cyclin D2), exhibited highly significant differential expression in recurrent tumors in the training set (P < 0.001). In the validation set, DBN1, FLAD1 (PP591), and CACNB3 were significant by Cox univariate analysis (P ≤ 0.035), whereas only DBN1 was significant by multivariate analysis. Genomic and clinicogenomic models for recurrence-free survival (RFS) were equally effective for risk stratification of stage I to II or I to III patients (all models P < 0.0001). For stage I to II or I to III patients, 5-year RFS of the low- and high-risk patients was approximately 70% versus 30% for both models. The genomic model for overall survival of stage I to III patients was improved by addition of pT and pN stage (P < 0.0013 vs. 0.010).


A 4-gene prognostic model incorporating the multivariate marker DBN1 exhibits potential clinical utility for risk stratification of stage I to III NSCLC patients.

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