Kun Wang

Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences and General Hospital, Shengcheng, Guangdong, China

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Publications (8)7.4 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between tau expression in primary breast cancer and sensitivity to taxanes during neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer. We used immunohistochemistry to examine tau expression in breast cancer biopsies from 113 primary breast cancer patients and evaluated the correlation between tau expression and taxane sensitivity. Twenty-eight (24.78 %, 28/113) patients were positive for tau expression. After taxanes-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy, 40 patients achieved pathological complete response (pCR) (35.4 %). Among the 40 patients with pCR, five (12.5 %) were positive for tau expression. In univariate analysis, estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), and tau were found to be significantly predictive of a pCR (P = 0.001, 0.030, 0.002, and 0.025, respectively). Tau, ER, and HER2 status were significant for pCR on multivariate analysis (P = 0.025, 0.005, and 0.043, respectively). Tau expression was positively related to ER (P = 0.007) and progestin receptor (P = 0.008). In conclusion, tau protein expression correlated with breast cancer sensitivity to taxanes-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy; patients negative for tau expression were more likely to achieve pCR.
    Tumor Biology 09/2012; · 2.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: The timing of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) of breast cancer in the neoadjuvant setting is still controversial. We retrospectively analyzed a Chinese patient cohort with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) to evaluate the accuracy and axilla sparing potentials of different SLNB timings with methylene blue alone for lymphatic mapping. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with NAC and axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) and either pre- or post-NAC SLNB were eligible. Clinicopathological characteristics, identification rate (IR), false-negative rate (FNR), accuracy, and positive-predictive value were calculated and compared between the pre- and post-NAC SLNB group using appropriate statistical methods. Axilla sparing potentials of different SLNB timings were evaluated and compared. RESULTS: One hundred and fifteen eligible cases were included, and 58 had pre-NAC SLNB while the other 57 had post-NAC SLNB. Both groups were comparable in clinicopathological characteristics, neoadjuvant treatments and pathologic complete response rate. IR, FNR, and accuracy of SLNB, as pre-NAC versus post-NAC, were 100 versus 98.2 % (P = 0.496), 0 versus 8.0 % (P = 0.181), and 100 versus 96.4 % (P = 0.239), respectively. Post-NAC SLNB had significantly higher positive-predictive value for ALNs than pre-NAC SLNB (70.0 vs. 36.4 %, P = 0.014), suggesting as high as 63.6 % of ALND performed in the pre-NAC group could have been avoided while only 30 % of ALND in the post-NAC group were theoretically unnecessary. CONCLUSIONS: Both SLNB timings of breast cancer patients with NAC were feasible and accurate. Although pre-NAC SLNB tends to be better in accuracy, post-NAC SLNB is significantly superior in terms of axilla sparing.
    Clinical and Translational Oncology 08/2012; · 1.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Trastuzumab-containing neoadjuvant chemotherapy achieves a pathologic complete response (pCR) rate of about 40 % in HER2-positive breast cancers, and pCR predicts better survival. A cohort of 102 consecutive Chinese HER2-positive stage II/III patients with neoadjuvant trastuzumab/taxanes were retrospectively analyzed, to evaluate the role of hormonal receptor (HR) status and Ki67 index, along with other parameters, in pCR and survival prediction. pCR rate of the cohort was 44.1 % (45/102). Fifty-three patients were HR-positive and 49 were HR-negative. Median Ki67 index was 40 %, and 49 patients had a high Ki67 index (>40 %) whereas 53 had a low Ki67 index (≤40 %). HR status and Ki67 index were confirmed as the only two parameters associated with pCR in multivariate analysis (hazard ratio = 2.952; 95 % CI, 1.227-7.105; P = 0.016 for HR status and hazard ratio = 2.583, 95 % CI 1.107-6.026, P = 0.028 for Ki67 index). Patients with coexisting HR-negative and high Ki67 index had higher pCR rate (69.2 %), compared to those with either HR-negative alone or high Ki67 alone (hazard ratio = 3.038; 95 % CI, 1.102-8.372; P = 0.029), and to those with coexisting HR-positive and low Ki67 index as well (hazard ratio = 7.071; 95 % CI, 2.150-23.253; P = 0.001). In a median follow-up duration of 25.9 months, 11 disease-free survival events (DFS) were recorded. pCR predicted better DFS (log rank P = 0.018) and was the only significant factor in Cox regression analysis (hazard ratio = 0.184; 95 % CI, 0.038-0.893; P = 0.036). Our study indicates that HR status and Ki67 index are predictors for pCR but not for DFS in HER2-positive patients with neoadjuvant trastuzumab/taxanes, which deserves further investigations.
    Medical Oncology 05/2012; · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the efficacy and safety of neoadjuvant 3-weekly paclitaxel plus trastuzumab (TH) in Chinese women with Her-2 overexpressing operable breast cancer. This is a single center open-label phase II clinical trial. The included patients underwent 4 cycles of neoadjuvant 3-weekly TH before surgery. The primary endpoint was pathologic complete response rate (pCR rate) and the secondary endpoint was overall response rate (OR rate). Patients were also stratified according to hormone receptor status, and pCR rate and OR rate were compared between subgroups. Adverse events were graded according to CTCAE v3.0. There were 40 eligible patients entering this study with median age of 49 years. All patients completed 4 cycles of neoadjuvant treatment. pCR rate was 52.5% and OR rate was 87.5%. The differences of pCR and OR rates between subgroups were of no statistical significance. No cardiac toxicity event severer than grade 2 was recorded. 3-weekly TH regimen has satisfactory pCR rate and OR rate in Chinese patients with Her-2 overexpressing operable breast cancer and reliable safety.
    Zhonghua zhong liu za zhi [Chinese journal of oncology] 07/2010; 32(7):544-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of neoadjuvant chemotherapy combined with trastuzumab for HER2 positive breast cancers. PubMed online database, ASCO abstract database, SABCS abstract database, ESMO abstract database and CBMdisc database were searched for literatures related to trastuzumab in neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancers. A meta-analysis was performed for retrieved literatures meeting the inclusion criteria. Three clinical trials were included. Meta-analysis showed that compared to chemotherapy only, regimens combined with trastuzumab could significantly improved the pCR rate of HER2-positive breast cancers (RR=1.65, 95% CI 1.28-2.13, P<0.0001) without increasing the frequencies of cardiac toxicity (RR=1.16, 95% CI 0.82-1.64, P=0.41). In neoadjuvant chemotherapy for HER2-positive breast cancers, chemotherapy combined with trastuzumab is superior to exclusive chemotherapy.
    Nan fang yi ke da xue xue bao = Journal of Southern Medical University 05/2009; 29(5):943-5.
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    ABSTRACT: The development of immunotherapy for malignancy is greatly limited by the characteristic weak antigenicity of tumors. The primary goal of this study was to circumvent the isolation and purification of tumor-specific antigen determinants by producing a vaccine using lung tumor RNA-loaded dendritic cells (DCs), and to test the response against lung cancer. Total RNA was isolated from 18 lung carcinomas with positive carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and mucin-1 (MUC1) staining, as identified by immunohistochemistry. DCs and T-cells from peripheral blood mononuclear cells were generated in vitro, and then DCs in different stages were transfected with RNA using several different methods. The expression of CEA and MUC1 in RNA-transfected DCs was measured using flow cytometry. T-cells stimulated by DCs were harvested as effectors, and primary tumor cells cultured in vitro were used as targets. Cytotoxicity was determined by lactic dehydrogenase detection assay. Immature RNA-transfected DCs significantly increased the expression of CEA and MUC1, compared to mature transfected DCs. RNA transfection via electroporation resulted in significantly greater CEA and MUC1 expression than did transfection via lipofection or passive pulsing. Lymphocytes stimulated by DCs transfected with lung tumor RNA initiated a cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) tumor-specific response. Immature DCs transfected with total lung carcinoma RNA by electroporation in vitro effectively stimulate antigen-specific CTL responses against tumor cells.
    Immunological Investigations 01/2009; 38(7):665-80. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the mutation of epithelial growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene in the non-small cell lung carcinoma (LSCLG) patients with different genders and the relationship between the gender of LSCLG patients and the curative effects of gefitinib, an specific tyrosine kinase. Tumor specimens were obtained from 135 NSCLC patients, 94 males (78.7% smoking) and 41 females (17.1% smoking), of which 20 received gefitinib treatment after the failure of chemotherapy, during operation and stored at -80 degrees C. The genomic DNA of the cancer tissues was extracted by using Trizol reagent. Nest-PCR was used to amplify the exons 18, 19, and 21 of the EGFR gene and the PCR products were purified by agarose electrophoresis and then sequenced. EGFR mutation was found in 29 of the 135 NSCLC patients (21.5%), with a mutation rate of 19.1% in the males and a mutation rate of 26.8% in the females (P = 0.344). The mutation types included G719C and G719V in exon 16, delE746 - 750, and delE746 - 751 in exon 19, and L858R and L861Qin exon 21. Among the 20 patients who received gefitinib treatment the disease control rate was 85% (17/20), being 76.9% in the male patients (10/13) and being 100% in the female patients (7/7) (P = 0.521). There were not significant differences in the mean time-to-progression (TTP) between the male and female patients (9 months vs. 14 months, P = 1), and between the patients with the wild type of EGFR gene and those with the mutated type of gene (9 months vs. 14 months, P = 1). There is no significant relationship between the curative effect of gefitinib on NSCLC and gender and EFGR status.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 11/2006; 86(37):2606-10.
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    ABSTRACT: To study the abnormity and clinical value of tyrosine kinase signaling pathway in lung adenocarcinoma. Total RNA was extracted form 10 lung adenocarcinoma samples and matched normal tissues. cDNA was labeled fluorescence during reverse transcription and hybridized on 20 slides of microarray with 13 824 genes. After washed and scanned, the cy3:cy5 ratios were obtained by computer analysis. Each experiment was repeated two times and the mean value was chosen. Cluster analysis and discriminant analysis were used to mine the pool data. The results were combined with clinical prognostic factors for further analysis. According to the abnormity of tyrosine kinase signaling pathway in lung adenocarcinoma, sample cluster divided the 10 samples into 3 groups and gene cluster divided all genes into 5 groups. Different prognosis samples had different characteristic genes. The patients with the best prognosis overexpressed some genes related to immunity and inhibition proliferation, and those with the worst prognosis overexpressed some genes related to proliferation while the genes related to immunity and inhibition proliferation were expressed at a low level. There are 3 type abnormity of tyrosine kinase signaling pathway in lung adenocarcinoma that are related to different biological behavior and different prognosis.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 07/2004; 84(12):992-6.

Publication Stats

9 Citations
7.40 Total Impact Points


  • 2009
    • Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences and General Hospital
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2006
    • Sun Yat-Sen University
      • Department of Thoracic Surgery
      Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China