To assess the prognostic significance of silver-stained nucleolar organizer region (AgNOR) proteins, a standardized AgNOR analysis was performed on 78 patients affected by early (EGC, n = 24) or advanced (AGC, n = 54) gastric carcinomas. The histopathological diagnosis, grading and staging were done according to WHO and UICC recommendations; the mean follow-up time was 56.9 months. Visualization and quantification of AgNORs were made in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections as specified in the guidelines of the Committee on AgNOR Quantification (1995). Statistical analysis was performed on the mean AgNOR area values (NORA). Highly significant differences (P < 0.001) were found in NORA values between EGC and AGC, between low- and high-grade gastric carcinomas and between patients dead from gastric cancer and living patients. In addition, significant P values were found on comparison of NORA values relating to pT status, pN status and stage. Comparison of Kaplan-Meier survival curves revealed that patients affected by gastric carcinomas with higher NORA values (> 5.213 μm2) had a worse prognosis. Finally, using Cox multiple regression analysis, the AgNOR quantity emerged as a useful independent prognostic variable to predict the final outcome of patients affected by EGC or AGC.

Prognostic significance of standardized AgNor analysis in early and advanced gastric carcinomas.

GIUFFRE', Giuseppe;CARUSO, Rosario;BARRESI, Gaetano;TUCCARI, Giovanni
1998

Abstract

To assess the prognostic significance of silver-stained nucleolar organizer region (AgNOR) proteins, a standardized AgNOR analysis was performed on 78 patients affected by early (EGC, n = 24) or advanced (AGC, n = 54) gastric carcinomas. The histopathological diagnosis, grading and staging were done according to WHO and UICC recommendations; the mean follow-up time was 56.9 months. Visualization and quantification of AgNORs were made in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections as specified in the guidelines of the Committee on AgNOR Quantification (1995). Statistical analysis was performed on the mean AgNOR area values (NORA). Highly significant differences (P < 0.001) were found in NORA values between EGC and AGC, between low- and high-grade gastric carcinomas and between patients dead from gastric cancer and living patients. In addition, significant P values were found on comparison of NORA values relating to pT status, pN status and stage. Comparison of Kaplan-Meier survival curves revealed that patients affected by gastric carcinomas with higher NORA values (> 5.213 μm2) had a worse prognosis. Finally, using Cox multiple regression analysis, the AgNOR quantity emerged as a useful independent prognostic variable to predict the final outcome of patients affected by EGC or AGC.
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