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Importance of excision repair cross-complementation group 1 and ribonucleotide reductase M1 as prognostic biomarkers in malignant pleural mesothelioma treated with platinum-based induction chemotherapy followed by surgery

Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery 2015 February 12 [Epub ahead of print] [Link]

Frischknecht L, Meerang M, Soltermann A, Stahel R, Moch H, Seifert B, Weder W, Opitz I.

Abstract

Objectives

Survival and response to platinum-based induction chemotherapy are heterogeneous among patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The aim of the present study was to assess the prognostic role of DNA repair markers, such as excision repair cross-complementation group 1 and ribonucleotide reductase M1, in multimodally treated patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

Methods

Tumor tissue of a malignant pleural mesothelioma cohort (n = 107) treated with platinum/gemcitabine (n = 46) or platinum/pemetrexed (n = 61) induction chemotherapy followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy was assembled on a tissue microarray. Immunohistochemical expression of excision repair cross-complementation group 1 (nuclear) and ribonucleotide reductase M1 (nuclear and cytoplasmic) was assessed for its prognostic impact (association with overall survival or freedom from recurrence).

Results

Patients with high nuclear ribonucleotide reductase M1 expression before chemotherapy showed significantly longer freedom from recurrence (P = .03). When specifically analyzed in the subgroup of patients receiving platinum/gemcitabine followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy, high nuclear ribonucleotide reductase M1 was associated with prolonged freedom from recurrence (P = .03) and overall survival (P = .02). Low excision repair cross-complementation group 1 expression in prechemotherapy tumor tissues was associated with significantly longer freedom from recurrence (P = .04). Nuclear ribonucleotide reductase M1 and excision repair cross-complementation group 1 were independent prognosticators of freedom from recurrence in addition to pT stage in multivariate analysis.

Conclusions

In the present study, nuclear ribonucleotide reductase M1 and excision repair cross-complementation group 1 expression were identified as independent prognosticators for freedom from recurrence of malignant pleural mesothelioma in patients undergoing induction chemotherapy followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy.

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