c-erbB-2 oncoprotein in gastric carcinoma: correlation with clinical stage and prognosis
Oshima, Celina Tizuko Fujiyama [UNIFESP]
Lanzoni, Valeria Pereira [UNIFESP]
Forones, Nora Manoukian [UNIFESP]
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The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of the oncogene c-erbB-2 in gastric tumors. Immunohistochemical study of the expression of c-erbB-2 was performed in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections from 82 gastric adenocarcinomas using polyclonal antibody. c-erbB-2-positive immunostaining was observed in 37 (45%) tumors. Positive staining was detected in 63% of well differentiated, 46% of moderately differentiated and 80% of papillary adenocarcinomas. In poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas, positivity for c-erbB-2 was observed in 21%. According to the Lauren classification, a higher frequency of c-erbB-2 positive staining was observed in intestinal type tumors (70%). During the follow-up period 43% of the patients with c-erbB-2 oncoprotein-negative tumors and 45% of the patients with c-erbB-2 oncoprotein-positive tumors died. There was no significant association between c-erbB-2 staining and sex, age, clinical stage, tumor grade, histological type or survival rates. In conclusion, almost half of the gastric cancers were positive for c-erbB-2. Nonetheless, the expression of c-erbB-2 oncoprotein did not play a role in prognosis.
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