PTEN and p27 expression in mature T-cell and NK-cell neoplasms

Leuk Lymphoma. 2005 Oct;46(10):1463-70. doi: 10.1080/10428190500144813.


PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene located on chromosome 10q23 and is amongst the most commonly mutated genes in human cancers. The lipid phosphatase activity of Pten enables it to dephosphorylate PIP3, thereby antagonizing growth factor stimulated PI3-kinase signaling mediated by AKT/PKB. The growth inhibition effect of PTEN has been shown to be mediated by p27 which is one of the important effector molecules downstream of the AKT pathway. Recently the importance of the Pten and AKT pathway in the regulation of the immune system and development of hematological malignancies has been shown. Loss of Pten and p27 expressions were examined immunohistochemically in 45 patients with peripheral T- and NK-cell lymphoma. Partial or complete loss of Pten was detected in 66.7% of the cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) compared to only 12.5% of all other mature T-/NK-cell lymphomas combined. Loss of p27 was identified in 64.9% of cases, which showed a positive correlation with Pten loss. In this study, we showed that loss of Pten is more frequent in ALCL as compared to other mature T-/NK-cell lymphomas, which strongly correlates with the loss of p27 expression. Our findings provide further evidence for the importance of the deregulation of the PI3K-AKT pathway in ALCL.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27 / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • Killer Cells, Natural / metabolism
  • Killer Cells, Natural / pathology*
  • Lymphoma / metabolism*
  • Lymphoma / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase / metabolism*
  • Survival Rate
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • T-Lymphocytes / pathology*


  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase
  • PTEN protein, human