Silenced expression of NFKBIA in lung adenocarcinoma patients with a never-smoking history

Masashi Furukawa, Junichi Sou, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Kouichi Ichimura, Kazuhiko Shien, Yuho Maki, Takayuki Muraoka, Norimitsu Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Ueno, Hiroaki Asano, Kazunori Tsukuda, Shinichi Toyooka, Shinichiro Miyoshi

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Nuclear factor of k-light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cells inhibitor a (NFKBIA), which is a tumor suppressor gene, was found to be silenced in lung adenocarcinomas. We examined NFKBIA expression, mutations in the EGFR and K-ras genes, and EML4-ALK fusion in 101 resected lung adenocarcinoma samples from never-smokers. NFKBIA expression was evaluated using immunohis-tochemistry. NFKBIA expression was negative in 16 of the 101 samples (15.8%). EGFR and K-ras mutations and EML4-ALK fusion were detected in 61 (60.5%), 1 (1.0%), and 2 (2.0%) of the 101 samples, respectively, in a completely mutually exclusive manner. Negative NFKBIA expression was observed significantly more frequently among the tumors with none of the three genetic alterations compared to those with such alterations (p - 0.009). In addition, negative NFKBIA expression was significantly more frequent among the EGFR-wild type samples compared to the EGFR-mutant samples (p - 0.013). In conclusion, NFKBIA expression was silenced in adenocarcinomas without EGFR/ K-ras mutations or EML4-ALK fusion, suggesting that the silencing of NFKBIA may play an important role in the carcinogenesis of adenocarcinomas independent of EGFR/K-ras mutations or EML4-ALK fusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Epidermal growth factor receptor
  • Lung cancer
  • Never-smoker
  • Nuclear factor of κ-light polypeptide gene enhancer in B cells inhibitor α

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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