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Osteopontin but not osteonectin messenger RNA expression is a prognostic marker in curatively resected non-small cell lung cancer.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to better define the role of osteopontin (OPN) and osteonectin [also known as secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC)] in lung tumorigenesis by comparing the expressions of these genes in lung tumor tissue and matched normal tissue and by determining the prognostic significance of the gene expressions. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR was used to analyze OPN and SPARC mRNA expression in normal lung tissue and matching tumor samples from 82 patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Gene expression data for each patient were matched to survival data. RESULTS: The overall median mRNA expression level of OPN was about 20-fold higher in tumor tissues than in matching normal lung tissues (P < 0.001), whereas SPARC gene expression was not significantly different in both tissue types. Forty of 82 patients had high (>or=4.1) intratumoral OPN expression, and 15 of 82 patients had high (>or15.5) SPARC expression. High OPN expression in the tumor tissue was associated with inferior survival (P = 0.014), whereas high SPARC expression showed a trend toward longer survival (P = 0.095). The impact of high OPN and low SPARC expression on patient survival was additive (P = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The large increase in OPN expression in tumors compared with normal tissue and its association with survival suggest a role for OPN in lung tumorigenesis.[1]

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  1. Osteopontin but not osteonectin messenger RNA expression is a prognostic marker in curatively resected non-small cell lung cancer. Schneider, S., Yochim, J., Brabender, J., Uchida, K., Danenberg, K.D., Metzger, R., Schneider, P.M., Salonga, D., Hölscher, A.H., Danenberg, P.V. Clin. Cancer Res. (2004) [Pubmed]
 
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