CD40 and Bcl2 expression in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung: Correlation with apoptosis, survival, and other clinicopathological factors
UNSPECIFIED (1999) CD40 and Bcl2 expression in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung: Correlation with apoptosis, survival, and other clinicopathological factors. JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, 189 (3). pp. 363-367. ISSN 0022-3417Full text not available from this repository.
CD40 is a cell surface receptor which, when ligated, modulates apoptosis in some cell types, perhaps via activation of the expression of members of the Bcl2 gene family. This study sought to determine whether expression of CD40 in a series of 134 squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of the lung was related to apoptosis or clinical parameters, either alone or in connection with Bcl2 expression. Sections of SCCs were stained for CD40 and Bcl2 by immunohistochemical techniques. An index was determined for these two markers by counting stained and unstained malignant cells under high power. Sections were also stained by haematoxylin and eosin for determination of the apoptotic index by counting apoptotic bodies. About 40 per cent of SCCs expressed CD40 in at least some of the malignant cells, with about 10 per cent essentially uniformly stained. Similar proportions expressed Bcl2, with a tendency for expression to be mutually exclusive. Apoptosis did not correlate with CD40 expression, nor was there evidence of a co-operative or an antagonistic effect with Bcl2. Bcl2 expression, on the other hand, correlated significantly with the apoptosis score. CD40 expression showed no significant relationship with survival or any other clinicopathological parameter except ploidy. Bcl2 expression, however, correlated with longer survival. It is concluded that CD40 expression in SCC of the lung does not by itself relate to apoptosis, nor is it a useful indicator of prognosis. Copyright (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RB Pathology
|Journal or Publication Title:||JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY|
|Publisher:||JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 363-367|
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