Cyclin D1 protein expression is related to clinical progression in laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas

Pasquale Capaccio, Giancarlo Pruneri, Nadia Carboni, Angelo Virgilio Pagliari, Roberto Buffa, Antonino Neri, Antonio Ottaviani, Lorenzo Pignataro

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The expression of cyclin D1 gene was investigated in 74 laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas (LSCCs) in order to determine its clinical and prognostic value. Overexpression of cyclin D1 was detected immunohistochemically using DCS6 monoclonal antibody on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections. Cyclin D1 expression was detected in 22 of the 74 cases investigated (30 per cent), thirteen of which presented nodal metastases (59 per cent); of the patients without any detectable cyclin D1 protein expression, six presented nodal metastases (12 per cent). Cyclin D1 protein expression was found in five per cent of the specimens of normal mucosa, eight per cent of those with low-grade dysplasia and 20 per cent of those with high-grade dysplasia. A statistically significant association was found between cyclin D1 expression and the supraglottic site (p <0.05), tumour extension (p <0.001), the presence of lymph node metastases (p <0.001), and advanced clinical stage (p <0.001). Cyclin D1 expression analysis is an important tool in the selection of LSCC patients with an aggressive clinical course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-626
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Carcinoma, squamous cell
  • Larynx
  • Tumour markers, biological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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