MDM2 mRNA expression is a favorable prognostic factor in non-small-cell lung cancer

Jiunn Liang Ko, Ya Wen Cheng, Shu Lin Chang, Jen Ming Su, Chih Yi Chen, Huei Lee

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MDM2 is one of the downstream target genes for transcriptional activation by the product of the p53 tumor-suppressor gene. Transactivation of MDM2 gene expression is represented by the presence of a functional p53 protein. We hypothesized that MDM2 mRNA expression may be a more suitable prognostic factor than p53 or MDM2 protein expression and p53 gene mutations. In this study, expression of MDM2 mRNA, p53 protein, and MDM2 protein and mutations of the p53 gene were assessed in 81 lung tumor tissue specimens using RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, and direct sequencing among exons 5-8, respectively. By immunohistochemistry, 33 and 42 of 81 patients with p53 (40.7%) and MDM2 (51.5%) protein expression were found in lung tumor specimens, respectively. The p53 direct sequencing data indicated that 13 of 81 patients (16.0%) had p53 mutations. However, Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that p53 protein and MDM2 protein expression and p53 mutation were not useful as prognostic factors. Interestingly, the survival of patients with MDM2 mRNA expression was longer than that of patients without MDM2 mRNA expression, though MDM2 mRNA expression was not associated with clinicopathological parameters, including tumor grade, tumor stage, tumor type, and TNM values. Moreover, Cox regression analysis showed that MDM2 mRNA expression was a significantly independent favorable prognostic factor in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Thus, measuring MDM2 mRNA expression using RT-PCR may be a simple, useful approach for predicting the survival of NSCLC patients. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-270
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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