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    ABSTRACT: This study is aimed at investigating whether or not human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) expression is associated with breast cancer molecular subtypes. HLA-G expression was immunohistochemically investigated in 104 patients with invasive ductal breast carcinoma, in which 56 were luminal A, 17 were luminal B, 19 were HER-2, and 12 were basal-like/normal breast-like subtype classified according to immunohistochemical staining results of ER, HER-2, CK5/6, and EGFR. Host immune response status was assessed by estimating the density of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL). For comparison, other biomarkers such as Ki67, p53 and VEGF were also investigated. Associations of these biomarkers and TIL with molecular subtypes were statistically analyzed. We found that there were more cases with high expressions of HLA-G in non-luminal than in luminal subtypes (P=0.035). In contrast, more cases with high density of TIL was found in luminal than in non-luminal subtypes (P=0.023). Compared to all the biomarkers studied, only HLA-G expression was found to be inversely associated with the density of TIL (P=0.004). Furthermore, patients with HLA-G(high)/TIL(low) status had a higher risk of recurrence than those with HLA-G(low)/TIL(high) status, regardless of the molecular subtypes. Therefore, a combination of the status of HLA-G and TIL could improve the prognostic prediction for patients with various molecular subtypes of breast cancer.
    Human immunology 07/2012; 73(10):998-1004. · 2.55 Impact Factor
  • Lin Dai, Gang Xu
    Zhonghua xue ye xue za zhi = Zhonghua xueyexue zazhi 09/2011; 32(9):642-4.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the roles of histologic examination and polymerase chain reaction in diagnosis of toxoplasmic lymphadenitis (TL). Forty-six archival cases of histologically diagnosed TL, encountered during the period from April, 1999 to September, 2009 and with the paraffin-embedded lymph node tissue blocks available, were enrolled into the study. The presence of genome fragments of Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) was analyzed using semi-nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Thirty cases of one or two histopathologic triad of TL as the controls. The positive rate of PCR in TL group was 76.1% (35/46), as compared to 10.0% (3/30) in the control group. The difference was of statistical significance. The sensitivity and specificity of the histologic triad in diagnosing TL was 92.1% (35/38) and 71.1% (27/38), respectively. The predictive value of positive and negative PCR results was 76.1% (35/46) and 90.0% (27/30). respectively. The high specificity but low sensitivity of applying the histologic triad in diagnosing TL cases may be due to the occurrence of atypical histologic pattern. The sensitivity is improved with the use of semi-nested PCR in detecting T. gondii DNA.
    Zhonghua bing li xue za zhi Chinese journal of pathology 06/2010; 39(6):361-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) expression in 55 cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) patients with or without human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and 116 patients with squamous cell cervical cancer were examined using immunohistochemistry. Host immune response was assessed by estimating the number of intratumoral lymphocyte infiltration (TIL) in all lesions and counting CD57-expressing cells in the neoplasm lesions. The means of HLA-G immunoreactive scores were compared by the Mann-Whitney test and 1-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). The association of HLA-G expression with disease progression, HPV infection and host immune response was calculated using the Pearson Chi-square test. It was found that HLA-G expression increasingly progressed from patients with CIN 1 to CIN 2/3 and was highest in patients with cervical cancer. Human leukocyte antigen-G expression was also significantly higher in CIN and cancer patients with HPV 16/18 than in CIN patients without HPV. A significant correlation between HLA-G expression and TIL score or the counting of CD57-expressing cells was also evident in CIN patients with HPV infection and cervical cancer cases. These results suggest that HLA-G expression in cervical lesions is associated with carcinogenesis, HPV infection, and host immune response.
    Reproductive sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) 05/2010; 17(8):718-23. · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the diagnostic utility of Warthin-Starry silver stain, immunohistochemistry and transmission electron microscopy in the detection of human Bartonella henselae infection and pathologic diagnosis of cat scratch disease (CSD). The paraffin-embedded lymph node tissues of 77 histologically-defined cases of cat scratch disease collected during the period from January, 1998 to December, 2008 were retrieved and studied using Warthin-Starry silver stain (WS stain) and mouse monoclonal antibody against Bartonella henselae (BhmAB stain). Five cases rich in bacteria were selected for transmission electron microscopy. Under electron microscope, the organisms Bartonella henselae appeared polymorphic, round, elliptical, short rod or bacilliform shapes, ranged from 0.489 to 1.110 microm by 0.333 to 0.534 microm and often clustered together. Black short rod-shaped bacilli arranged in chains or clumps were demonstrated in 61.0% (47/77) of CSD by WS stain. The organisms were located outside the cells and lie mainly in the necrotic debris, especially near the nodal capsule. In 72.7% (56/77) of the cases, dot-like, granular as well as few linear positive signals were observed using BhmAB immunostain and showed similar localization. Positive results for both stains were identified in 59.7% (46/77) of the cases. When applying both stains together, Bartonella henselae was observed in 74.0% (57/77) of the case. The difference between the results obtained by WS stain and BhmAB immunostain was of statistical significance (P < 0.05). Bartonella henselae is the causative pathogen of cat scratch disease. WS stain, BhmAB immunostain and transmission electron microscopy are helpful in confirming the histologic diagnosis. Immunostaining using BhmAB can be a better alternative than WS stain in demonstrating the organisms.
    Zhonghua bing li xue za zhi Chinese journal of pathology 04/2010; 39(4):225-9.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the extent of distal intramural spread of distal 2 cm rectal carcinoma over the dentate line, and to improve quality of life for these patients through providing pathological evidence of operation mode choice. Specimens of thirty patients with rectal carcinoma, operated with ISR(intersphincter resection) or Miles procedure from May 2005 to July 2007, were collected, and their large and histology pathologic slices were examined. Specimens were dissected distally to the dentate line per 2 mm within 1cm and per 5 mm exceed 1cm. The length of distal intramural spread to rectal carcinoma was measured under light microscope. Among the 30 specimens, distal intramural spread over the dentate line was observed only on one case and the invasion length over the dentate line was more than 2 cm, the invasion lengths of the other 29 cases were within the dentate lines. Distal 2 cm rectal carcinomas seldom spread over dentate lines. Anus discomfortableness of these patients and other complications could be reduced through reserving more skin over the dentate line, which are important for the improving of quality of life in these patient.
    Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery 02/2008; 11(1):44-6.