Expression of p53 protein was examined in oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) from patients who were areca quid (AQ) chewers and/or tobacco smokers, using anti-p53 antibodies with an immunoperoxidase technique. Positive p53 stain was observed in 47 of 81 (58%) cases of oral SCC. p53 overexpression was found to be higher in patients without AQ chewing and smoking habits than in patients with these two habits (80% vs 52%, P=0.076). No significant correlation was found between p53 expression and the patients' age, sex, cancer location, clinical staging, primary tumor TNM status, or histological differentiation of SCC. The Kaplan-Meier analysis showed that the prognosis for patients with p53-negative tumors was significantly better than that for patients with p53-positive tumors (P<0.05). A significant correlation was also observed between positive lymph node status and poor prognosis (P<0.05). These results suggest that p53 may serve as an adjuvant marker of poor survival in patients with oral SCCs in Taiwan.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Feb|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Oral Surgery
- Cancer Research