Proliferative activity of human solid tumors evaluated by thymidine labeling index and primer-dependent α-DNA polymerase

A. Alama, P. F. Conte, E. Di Marco, R. E. Favoni, A. Nicolin

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Abstract

Proliferating cells, independent of their position in the cell cycle, contain a primer-dependent α-DNA polymerase (PDP); we have, therefore, tested the feasilibity of the PDP assay in breast, ovarian, and head and neck tumors. Experimental results demonstrate that the PDP labeling index (PDP-LI) is constantly superior to the thymidine labeling index (TLI), which indicates the percentage of S phase cells. The PDP-LI/TLI ratios observed were 5.0 in breast cancer, 3.6 in ovarian cancer, and 2.5 in head and neck tumors. Higher PDP-LI scores have been obtained in metastatic breast tumor samples (PDP-LI = 8.8) compared to nonmetastatic tumors (PDP-LI = 4.9).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-389
Number of pages5
JournalOncology
Volume43
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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