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Evaluation of the prognostic significance of nm23/NDP kinase and cathepsin D in anal carcinomas. An immunohistochemical study



Evaluation of the prognostic significance of nm23/NDP kinase and cathepsin D in anal carcinomas. An immunohistochemical study



Virchows Archiv 428(2): 85-89



Reduced expression of nm23/NDP kinase and increased expression of cathepsin D seem to be correlated with a high metastatic potential for a variety of malignancies. Nm23/NDP kinase and cathepsin D have been correlated with several clinical variables, including survival in 96 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the anal canal. Immunohistochemical methods were used on paraffin-embedded biopsies. Seventy-six (79%) anal carcinomas were nm23/NDP kinase positive, whereas 35 (36%) and 28 (29%) of the cases were cathepsin D positive in tumour cells and stromal cells, respectively. We have found no indication that the extent of cathepsin D staining has any prognostic significance. The overall survival of patients with tumours positive for nm23/NDP kinase in the cytoplasm was significantly shorter than that of patients with anal carcinomas negative for nm23/NDP kinase.

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