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J Pathol. 1995 Oct;177(2):135-8.

Expression of bcl-2 oncogene protein is prevalent in small cell lung carcinomas.

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Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Kitasato University, Kanagawa, Japan.

Abstract

To investigate the frequency of bcl-2 oncogene protein expression in small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC), immunohistochemical staining with a mouse-anti-human monoclonal antibody, bcl-2/124, was carried out on 60 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded SCLC samples obtained from surgical biopsy, and autopsy cases. bcl-2 protein was detected in 54 out of the 60 SCLCs. In 47 cases, more than half of the tumour cells stained positively. The staining intensity of the tumour cells was comparable to that of infiltrating lymphocytes in 37 cases, but varied from area to area and even from cell to cell. Negative data in six cases were found to be due to unsuitable fixation or embedding procedures rather than the absence of the antigen. bcl-2 oncogene protein may thus be expressed in most if not all SCLCs. bcl-2 may have potential diagnostic and therapeutic importance in SCLCs and non-SCLCs. Previous cytogenetic and molecular genetic analyses indicate that SCLCs carry a number of chromosomal abnormalities and it would follow from the present results that the abnormal expression of bcl-2 may also play a role in the pathogenesis of SCLC, by increasing tumour mass through inhibition of apoptosis as previously proposed. The diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic implications of these findings should be studied in greater detail.

PMID:
7490679
DOI:
10.1002/path.1711770206
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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