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Expressions of c-Cbl, Cbl-b and EGFR and Its Role of Prognosis in NSCLC

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Author(s): Xin JIAO | Bo JIN | Xiujuan QU | Shunchao YAN | Kezuo HOU | Yunpeng LIU | Xuejun HU

Journal: Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
ISSN 1009-3419

Volume: 14;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 512;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Lung neoplasms | Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) | c-Cbl | Cbl-b | Prognosis

ABSTRACT
Background and objective Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is closely correlated with the progression of lung cancer. Its activity is modulated by Casitas B-lineage lymphoma (Cbl) family. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression and clinical relevance of c-Cbl, Cbl-b and EGFR in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods Expressions of c-Cbl, Cbl-b and EGFR protein were detected with tissue microarrays and immunohistochemistry technique in 94 cases of NSCLC. The correlations between the expression of the three proteins and clinicopathological parameters were analyzed. Results The positive expression rates of EGFR, c-Cbl and Cbl-b were 60.6% (57/94), 30.9% (29/94) and 84.0% (79/94), respectively. The expression of EGFR, c-Cbl and Cbl-b was not associated with age, pathological type, TNM stage, lymph node metastasis, and smoking history. c-Cbl and Cbl-b status was not significantly correlated with overall survival. Subgroup analyses showed that c-Cbl-positive patients had longer survival than c-Cbl-negative patients in EGFR-positive group (P=0.014). Conclusion Detection of c-Cbl protein levels might contribute to the prognosis evaluation of EGFR-positive NSCLC.
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