The expression of astrocyte elevated gene-1 in human non-small-cell lung cancer and its relationship with postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy

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To examine the expression of astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and analyse the correlation between AEG-1 expression and the prognosis of the patients, particularly the relationship between AEG-1 expression and postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


The expression of AEG-1 was analysed by immunohistochemistry in 225 primary NSCLC specimens and 42 adjacent normal lung tissue specimens. Statistical analyses were performed to evaluate the correlation between AEG-1 expression and the clinicopathological characteristics of the patients as well as the predictive value of AEG-1.


The expression of AEG-1 was associated with the pathological stage (P < 0.001) and lymph node status (P = 0.028). A multivariate analysis indicated that AEG-1 expression was an independent prognostic factor for both overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS). In the postoperative chemotherapy group, the OS (P = 0.014) and DFS (P = 0.009) in the low AEG-1 expression group were longer than the survival times in the high AEG-1 expression group. In the postoperative radiotherapy group, the local recurrence-free survival was significantly shorter in patients whose tumours showed high AEG-1 expression (P = 0.016).


AEG-1 expression could be a predictor for OS and DFS in NSCLC patients. Patients with low AEG-1 expression received the greatest benefit from both postoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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