The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Hsp27 expression in neuroblastoma: correlation with disease stage.

BACKGROUND: The 27-kd heat shock protein ( Hsp27) is differentially expressed in some malignancies, including breast carcinoma, leukemia, and malignant fibrous histiocytoma. In breast carcinoma, a high-level expression of Hsp27 has been associated with shorter disease-free survival in patients with localized disease. PURPOSE: We have observed variable levels of Hsp27 among neuroblastoma tumors. Our aim in this study was to investigate the relationship between Hsp27 expression and stage of the disease and N-myc gene copy number. METHODS: We determined Hsp27 protein levels in 53 neuroblastoma tumors representing different stages of the disease and in 17 neuroblastoma cell lines by quantitative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). We also performed statistical analysis of Hsp27 levels in relation to stage of the disease and to N-myc gene copy number. RESULTS: Increased Hsp27 expression in neuroblastomas was associated with limited stage disease and inversely correlated with N-myc gene amplification, a feature known to predict poor clinical outcome. An inverse correlation was also observed between N-myc gene amplification and Hsp27 protein levels among the neuroblastoma cell lines analyzed. Immunohistochemical staining of sections of neuroblastomas showed that Hsp27 was most prominently expressed in the cytoplasm of large ganglionic tumor cells present in neuronally differentiated areas of the tumors. Induction of neuronal differentiation in SMS-KCNR neuroblastoma cells using retinoic acid resulted in an increase in Hsp27. CONCLUSION: High level expression of Hsp27 in neuroblastoma is a feature of limited stage, differentiated tumors. IMPLICATION: Hsp27 may play a part in the biology of neuroblastomas with a favorable outcome.[1]


  1. Hsp27 expression in neuroblastoma: correlation with disease stage. Ungar, D.R., Hailat, N., Strahler, J.R., Kuick, R.D., Brodeur, G.M., Seeger, R.C., Reynolds, C.P., Hanash, S.M. J. Natl. Cancer Inst. (1994) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities