MIB-1 proliferation index correlates with survival in pleural malignant mesothelioma
Source: Histopathology, Volume 36, Number 1, January 2000 , pp. 26-31(6)
Abstract:Aims The purpose of this study was to establish whether the cell proliferation index assessed by the monoclonal antibody MIB-1 would correlate with survival in pleural malignant mesothelioma. Methods and results We studied a series of seven long-term survivors with pleural malignant mesothelioma and a group of control cases with short-term survival. All cases showed MIB-1 positive cells, and labelling indices were expressed as percentage of cells with positive nuclear immunostaining by randomly counting 1000 tumour cells. A statistically significant difference was found between MIB-1 values in the long-term survival group and the control cases with short-term survival. Conclusions Our results indicate that the differences in biological behaviour of malignant mesothelioma in long-term and short-term survivors may be explained in part by differences in tumour growth fraction and that proliferation index could represent an important prognostic parameter for this tumour.
Document Type: Original article
Publication date: 2000-01-01