Korean J Pathol.  2007 Dec;41(6):387-392.

Clinicopathologic Analysis of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Status in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: Protein Expression, Gene Amplification and Survival Analysis

  • 1Department of Pathology, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Pathology, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. jangsejin@amc.seoul.kr


BACKGROUND: Abnormal over-expression or gene amplification of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is important in the prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated the frequency of EGFR protein expression and gene amplification, and the correlation between EGFR status and survival in NSCLC.
We examined 360 cases of microarrayed NSCLC tissues for the EGFR protein expression and EGFR gene amplification using immunohistochemistry and fluorescent in situ hybridization.
EGFR protein expression and EGFR gene amplification occurred in 110 cases (30.6%) and 24 cases (6.7%), respectively. EGFR protein expression and gene amplification were more frequent in squamous cell carcinoma than in adenocarcinoma. Differences in EGFR protein expression did not dramatically affect survival curves (p=0.740), but differences in gene amplification did (p<0.05): EGFR gene amplification was associated with a lower 5-year survival rate.
EGFR protein expression and gene amplification showed moderate correlation with each other. EGFR gene amplification predicted a poor prognosis, whereas EGFR protein expression did not.


Carcinoma; Non-small-cell lung; Receptor; Epidermal growth factor; In situ hybridization

MeSH Terms

Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung*
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Epidermal Growth Factor*
Gene Amplification
Gene Expression*
Genes, erbB-1
In Situ Hybridization
In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor*
Survival Analysis*
Survival Rate
Epidermal Growth Factor
Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor
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