Tumor Biology

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The expression of p33ING1, p53, and autophagy-related gene Beclin1 in patients with non-small cell lung cancer

  • Jun Liu
  • Yongping Lin
  • Haihong Yang
  • Qiuhua Deng
  • Guoqin Chen
  • Jianxing He
Research Article


The purpose of this study was to investigate the expressions of tumor inhibitor of growth (ING1) gene p33ING1, p53, and autophagy-related gene Beclin1 in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and the correlation between their expressions with clinical pathological features and clinical significance. The research can provide new ideas and experimental evidence for early diagnosis and biotherapy for NSCLC in the future. The human NSCLC tissues and surrounding non-cancerous tissues were collected from surgical operation. The expressions of mRNA or protein of p33ING1, p53, and Beclin1 were detected by using of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction or Western blot in these tissues. The results were used to analyze the relationships between these gene expressions with the developing of NSCLC and clinical pathological features. The expressions of mRNA or protein of p33ING1 and Beclin1 in NSCLC tissues were significantly lower than that in surrounding noncancerous tissues (p < 0.05). The expressions of mRNA or protein of p33ING1 and Beclin1 in well- and middle-differentiated NSCLC tissues were lower than those in poor-differentiated NSCLC tissues (p < 0.05). The expressions of mRNA or protein of p33ING1 and Beclin1 in presence of lymph nodes metastasis were lower than those in absence of lymph nodes metastasis (p < 0.05). The expressions of mRNA or protein of p33ING1 and Beclin1 in patients of pathological stage (stages I–II) were higher than those in pathological stage (stages III–IV) (p < 0.05). But the expression of protein of mutant-type p53 in NSCLC tissues was significantly higher than that in surrounding non-cancerous tissues (p < 0.05). The expressions of protein of mutant-type p53 in well- and middle-differentiated NSCLC tissues were higher than those in poor-differentiated NSCLC tissues (p < 0.05). The expressions of protein of mutant-type p53 in presence of lymph nodes metastasis were higher than those in absence of lymph nodes metastasis (p < 0.05). The expressions of protein of mutant-type p53 in patients of pathological stage (stages I–II) were lower than those in pathological stage (stages III–IV) (p < 0.05). These expression changes of p33ING1, p53, and autophagy-related Beclin1 genes were associated with tumor cell differentiation, lymph nodes metastasis, and pathological stage of NSCLC. But these expression changes of these three genes were not associated with gender, age, size of primary carcinoma, histological type of NSCLC (p > 0.05). The expression of mRNA of p53 and Beclin1 were correlated with p33ING1 mRNA expression in NSCLC tissues (p < 0.05). The activity changes of tumor inhibitor of growth, autophagy, and apoptosis may be related to the emergence and the development of NSCLC. The combined detection of p33ING1, p53, and Beclin1 genes and proteins will be helpful for early diagnosis and prognosis judgment for NSCLC, and can provide experimental evidence for biotherapy of NSCLC.


p33ING1 p53 Beclin1 Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) RT-PCR Western blot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yongping Lin
    • 3
  • Haihong Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qiuhua Deng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guoqin Chen
    • 4
  • Jianxing He
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical UniversityGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases & China State Key Laboratory of Respiratory DiseaseGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Molecular ImmunologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical CollegeGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.Department of PathologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical CollegeGuangzhouChina

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