The salivary duct carcinoma (sdc) represents a rare variant of the group of adeno-carcinomas of the salivary glands. Histopathologically, it is marked by solid and cribriform cell nests with central necrosis, displaying distinct similarity with the ductal carcinoma of the breast, where prognosis can be correlated with Her-2 gene-amplification. Based on this histopathological similarity, the prognostic value of Her-2 gene amplification in SDC was examined in the presented pilot-study.
Four own patients with different clinical courses were examined in regard to their histopathological features, Her-2 gene-amplification and proliferation (Ki67).
Three of the four patients died tumor related 2.4, 5.5 and 8.2 years after initial diagnosis. The remaining patient died tumor-free 6 year after diagnosis (myocardial infarct). The two patients with an early recurrent disease and distant metastasis showed a high Her-2 expression and proliferation (Ki67), compared to the other two patients.
In the presented pilot-study a distinct correlation between Her2-gene-amplification, proliferation (Ki67) and clinical course could be observed. Additional analysis to evaluate this aspect seems rectified, especially under recognition of therapy decisions.
"Further studies have shown that the high HER2/neu expressing patients with ACC have a significantly shorter disease-free interval compared to those with low HER2/neu expression . Moreover, the expression of HER-2/neu is correlated with local disease recurrence, distant disease metastasis, and overall survival of different histological types in SGC patients [33-36]. In addition, the expression of mutated tumor suppressor gene p53 (in which mutations occur most frequently in exons 7 and 8) has been shown to be associated with the relapse, M classification, and poor prognosis of SDC patients . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Overexpression of sphingosine kinase-1 (SPHK1) has been demonstrated to be associated with the development and progression in various types of human cancers. The current study was to characterize the expression of SPHK1 in salivary gland carcinomas (SGC) and to investigate the association between SPHK1 expression and progression of SGC.
The expression of SPHK1 was examined in 2 normal salivary gland tissues, 8 SGC tissues of various clinical stages, and 5 pairs of primary SGC and adjacent salivary gland tissues from the same patient, using real-time PCR and western blot analysis. Furthermore, the SPHK1 protein expression was analyzed in 159 clinicopathologically characterized SGC cases by immunohistochemistry. Statistical analyses were performed to determine the prognostic and diagnostic associations.
SPHK1 expression was found to be markedly upregulated in SGC tissues than that in the normal salivary gland tissues and paired adjacent salivary gland tissues, at both mRNA and protein levels. Statistical analysis revealed a significant correlation of SPHK1 expression with the clinical stage (P = 0.005), T classification (P = 0.017), N classification (P = 0.009), M classification (P = 0.002), and pathological differentiation (P = 0.013). Patients with higher SPHK1 expression had shorter overall survival time, whereas patients with lower SPHK1 expression had better survival. Importantly, patients in the group without adjuvant therapy who exhibited high SPHK1 expression had significantly lower overall survival rates compared with those with low SPHK1 expression. Moreover, multivariate analysis suggested that SPHK1 expression might be an independent prognostic indicator for the survival of SGC patients.
Our results suggest that SPHK1 expression is associated with SGC progression, and might represent as a novel and valuable predictor for adjuvant therapy to SGC patients.
BMC Cancer 09/2010; 10(1):495. DOI:10.1186/1471-2407-10-495 · 3.36 Impact Factor
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