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Nucleotide variants and protein expression of TP53 in a Sri Lankan cohort of patients with head and neck cancer

Lookup NU author(s): Vahinipriya Manoharan, Professor John LunecORCiD



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© 2019 Spandidos Publications. All Rights Reserved. Head and neck cancer (HNC) is the leading cancer in Sri Lankan males and second most common cancer among Sri Lankan females. This is the first study, to the best of our knowledge, that has focused on investigating the association between TP53 somatic DNA variants, with p53 protein expression and risk factors in a cohort of Sri Lankan patients with HNC. A total of 44 patients with cancer and 20 healthy controls were studied. In total, 36 genomic DNA sequence variants were found, including several novel variants (two deletions in exons 4 and 6, two in the 3' untranslated region and several intronic variants). A total of 14 tumour samples carried pathogenic TP53 mutations. A random selection of 24 samples was analysed immunohistochemically for p53 protein expression. All the samples with point missense variants were strongly immuno‑positive, whereas, samples with nonsense and frameshift TP53 variants were immuno‑negative for p53 immunohistochemical staining. Although, the human papilloma virus is a known risk factor for HNC, results from the present study identified an absence or lower level of infection in the Sri Lankan cohort.

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Author(s): Manoharan V, Karunanayake EH, Tennekoon KH, Silva SDE, Silva KDE, Angunawela P, Lunec J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Molecular Medicine Reports

Year: 2019

Volume: 19

Issue: 4

Pages: 2781-2791

Print publication date: 01/04/2019

Online publication date: 11/02/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 28/03/2019

ISSN (print): 1791-2997

ISSN (electronic): 1791-3004

Publisher: Spandidos Publications


DOI: 10.3892/mmr.2019.9948


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