Naked cuticle drosophila 1 expression in histologic subtypes of small adenocarcinoma of the lung

Sangjeong Ahn, Won Hwangbo, Hyunchul Kim, Chul Hwan Kim

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Background: Naked cuticle Drosophila 1 (NKD1) has been related to non-small cell lung cancer in that decreased NKD1 levels have been associated with both poor prognosis and increased invasive quality. Methods: Forty cases of lung adenocarcinoma staged as Tis or T1a were selected. Cases were subclassified into adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS), minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA), and small adenocarcinoma (SAD). Immunohistochemical studies for NKD1 were performed. Results: Forty samples comprised five cases of AIS (12.5%), eight of MIA (20.0%), and 27 of SAD (67.5%). AIS and MIA showed no lymph node metastasis and 100% disease-free survival, whereas among 27 patients with SAD, 2 (7.4%) had lymph node metastasis, and 3 (11.1%) died from the disease. Among the 40 cases, NKD1-reduced expression was detected in 8 (20%) samples, whereas normal expression was found in 15 (37.5%) and overexpression in 17 (42.5%). Loss of NKD1 expression was significantly associated with lymph node metastasis (p=0.001). All cases with predominant papillary pattern showed overexpression of NKD1 (p=0.026). Conclusions: Among MIA and SAD, MIA had better outcomes than SAD. Down-regulated NKD1 expression was closely associated with nodal metastasis, and overexpression was associated with papillary predominant adenocarcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Journal of Pathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Lung
  • NKD1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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