We performed an immunohistochemical analysis to investigate the expression of p53 protein in a panel of 18 laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas, 15 primary tumours and three in relapse, previously analysed by us for the presence of p53 gene mutations. Dysplastic and/or normal surrounding mucosa was evaluated in 15 different tumours. The results of our study are the following: (1) expression of p53 protein was observed in one out of five tumours positive for p53 gene mutations (20%) and in 10 out of 13 (80%) negative cases; (2), p53 protein overexpression was frequently observed in normal and/or dysplastic mucosa surrounding either wild-type (7/11) or mutated p53 tumours (2/4); (3), p53 immunoreactive cells showed a pattern of distribution in normal and mildly/moderately dysplastic mucosa (basal layers), different from that in severely dysplastic mucosa (whole thickness). These data further support the hypothesis that p53 protein over-expression may be a marker of the earliest phases of multistep tumorigenesis in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma.
|Titolo:||p53 protein expression in laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas bearing wild-type and mutated p53 gene|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/31 - Otorinolaringoiatria|
|Data di pubblicazione:||giu-1996|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|