Autophagy and redox status in carcinoma of an unknown primary

Ji Ye Kim, Do Hee Kim, Woo Hee Jung, Ja Seung Koo

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Aim and background. The purpose of the study was to investigate the role and clinical implications of autophagy and reactive oxygen species-related proteins in carcinoma of an unknown primary (CUP).

Methods and study design. Tissue microarray was constructed for a total of 77 CUP cases. Immunohistochemical stains conducted were as follows: autophagy-related beclin-1, LC3A, LC3B, and p62; redox-related catalase, thioredoxin reductase, glutathione S-transferase p, thioredoxin-interacting protein, and manganese superoxide dismutase. Immunohistochemical results were then related to their clinicopathologic parameters.

Results. The degree of LC3A expression showed a difference according to histologic subtype. In undifferentiated carcinoma, LC3A had the highest expression and adenocarcinoma had the lowest expression (P = 0.021). According to clinical subtype, there was a significant difference between LC3A and glutathione S-transferase p in expression. LC3A had the highest expression in single-organ types and the lowest in intermediate and carcinomatosis types (P = 0.003). Glutathione S-transferase p showed the highest expression in nodal-type tumors and the lowest in carcinomatosis types (P = 0.010). In univariate analysis, shorter overall survival was related to tumor glutathione S-transferase p negativity (P = 0.030).

Conclusions. Different expression levels of the autophagy and reactive oxygen species-related proteins, LC3A and glutathione S-transferase p, were observed according to histologic and/or clinical subtype of carcinoma of an unknown primary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e118-e129
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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