Gang Xu

Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, Hua-yang, Sichuan, China

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives This retrospective study was carried out to define the clinical features and prognostic differences in non-cutaneous malignant melanoma (non-CMM) originating from different anatomic sites.Methods Clinical and follow-up data for 71 patients with non-CMM were collected and reviewed.ResultsOf the 71 non-CMM patients, 59 were diagnosed with mucosal malignant melanoma (MMM) and 12 with ocular malignant melanoma (OMM). In the 59 MMM patients, the nasal cavity was the most common anatomic site (n = 31, 43.7% of all non-CMM), followed by the oral cavity (n = 9, 12.7%), the genitourinary tract (n = 9, 12.7%), the anorectum (n = 8, 11.3%), and the gastrointestinal tract (n = 2, 2.8%). In the 12 patients with OMM, anatomic sites included the choroid (n = 8, 11.3% of all non-CMM) and the conjunctiva (n = 4, 5.6%). The survival outcome of patients with OMM was much better than that of patients with MMM (P < 0.001). In MMM patients, anorectal melanoma was associated with a worse survival outcome. Age of ≥ 70 years (P < 0.001) and tumor size of > 2 cm (P = 0.02) were significantly poor prognostic factors in MMM. Age (relative risk [RR] 1.068, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.006–1.133; P = 0.03) and tumor size (RR 1.410, 95% CI 1.038–1.915; P = 0.028) were independent predictors for the postoperative survival of MMM patients. Patients with these two risk factors had a higher risk for recurrence or death (RR 3.107, 95% CI 1.627–5.595).Conclusions Our findings demonstrate that prognoses differ in patients with different anatomic sites of primary non-CMM. Advanced age and larger tumor size are the main factors affecting prognosis. Patients with poor risk factors should be treated differently to improve their survival outcome.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · International journal of dermatology
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    ABSTRACT: To better characterize spindle cell metaplastic carcinoma (SpCMC) of breast, a rare variant of breast cancer that has been classified under the broad rubric of metaplastic carcinoma. We presented herein 19 cases of metaplastic breast carcinoma with dominant spindle cell component. All cases were clinically of breast origin, showed more than 80% spindle morphology, 10 cases exhibited pure spindled morphology, 8 contained invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and 1 presented with ductal carcinoma in situ elements. Immunohistochemical studies showed evidence suggesting myoepithelial and epithelial differentiation as exhibited by immunoreactivity for at least one myoepithelial and epithelial markers in all pure spindle cell components. IDC group showed 21.7% of axillary lymph nodes metastasis rate, whereas the axillary lymph node metastasis rate of the SpCMC group was 1.3%, significantly lower than that of the IDC group (P < 0.001). Immunohistochemical staining of IDC exhibited higher degrees of positivity for ER, PR and Her2 (90, 60 and 30%, respectively) when compared with the SpCMC group, which showed a positive degree of 5.2, 5.2 and 10.5% for ER, PR and Her2, respectively (P < 0.001). Based on this series, SpCMC is a rare variant of metaplastic breast carcinoma with the distinct histopathological and immunohistochemical features. The biological behaviors of SpCMC, like axillary lymph node status, were quite different from that of IDC, suggesting that it may act as an independent pathologic subtype. Immunohistochemical analysis of a panel of epithelial and myoepithelial markers could contribute to the pathologic diagnosis of SpCMC. © 2014 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To investigate the clinical features, therapeutic methods and therapeutic effects of sinonasal hemangiopericytoma. Methods: Clinical data of 6 patients with sinonasal hemangiopericytoma, diagnosed by pathology and immunohistochemistry between January 1990 and December 2012 were analyzed retrospectively. There were 4 males and 2 females, with a median age of 58 years. Clinical manifestation included epistaxis and nasal obstruction. These patients were operated on by nasal endoscopic surgery or endoscope-assisted surgery, of which 2 cases of tumor located in the nasal cavity underwent nasal endoscopic surgery and 4 cases of tumor located in the nasal cavity and sinuses underwent endoscope-assisted surgery. Results: All the patients were followed up for a period of 6 months to 7 years after operation. Two cases recurred and 4 cases didn't recurred. One case recurred 6 months after operation and underwent second operation, with no recurrence by further one year follow-up. Another case recurred 17 months after operation and underwent second operation, with recurrence by further 9 months follow-up. This patient lived with tumor over two years. Conclusions: Hemangiopericytomas are rarely found in the sinonasal cavity. Nasal endoscopic or endoscope-assisted surgery provides satisfactory effect.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2014 · Zhonghua er bi yan hou tou jing wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of otorhinolaryngology head and neck surgery
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    ABSTRACT: Familial papillary thyroid cancer (fPTC) is recognized as a distinct entity only recently and no fPTC predisposing genes have been identified. Several potential regions and susceptibility loci for sporadic PTC have been reported. We aimed to evaluate the role of the reported susceptibility loci and potential risk genomic region in a Chinese familial multinodular goiter (fMNG) with PTC family. We sequenced the related risk genomic regions and analyzed the known PTC susceptibility loci in the Chinese family members who consented to join the study. These loci included (1) the point mutations of the BRAF and RET; (2) the possible susceptibility loci to sporadic PTC; and (3) the suggested potential fMNG syndrome with PTC risk region. The members showed no mutations in the common susceptible BRAF and RET genomic region, although contained several different heterozygous alleles in the RET introns. All the members were homozygous for PTC risk alleles of rs966423 (C) at chromosome 2q35, rs2910164 (C) at chromosome 5q24 and rs2439302 (G) at chromosome 8p12; while carried no risk allele of rs4733616 (T) at chromosome 8q24, rs965513 (A) or rs1867277 (A) at chromosome 9q22 which were associated with radiation-related PTC. The frequency of the risk allele of rs944289 (T) but not that of rs116909374 (T) at chromosome 14q13 was increased in the MNG or PTC family members. Our work provided additional evidence to the genetic predisposition to a Chinese familial form of MNG with PTC. The family members carried quite a few risk alleles found in sporadic PTC; particularly, homozygous rs944289 (T) at chromosome 14q13 which was previously shown to be linked to a form of fMNG with PTC. Moreover, the genetic determinants of radiation-related PTC were not presented in this family.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2013 · BMC Endocrine Disorders
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Human immunology
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    No preview · Article · Sep 2011 · Zhonghua xue ye xue za zhi = Zhonghua xueyexue zazhi
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2010 · Zhonghua bing li xue za zhi Chinese journal of pathology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2010 · Zhonghua bing li xue za zhi Chinese journal of pathology
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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.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2008 · Zhonghua wei chang wai ke za zhi = Chinese journal of gastrointestinal surgery

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12 Citations
6.70 Total Impact Points


  • 2008-2015
    • Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences & Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital
      Hua-yang, Sichuan, China
  • 2010
    • Sichuan University
      • Department of Pathology
      Hua-yang, Sichuan, China