Proteomic analysis of stage I primary lung adenocarcinoma aimed at individualisation of postoperative therapy

Br J Cancer. 2008 Feb 12;98(3):596-603. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6604197. Epub 2008 Jan 22.


Although postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy (PAC) with uracil-tegafur significantly improves the prognosis of patients with stage I lung adenocarcinoma, subset analysis has revealed that only 11.5% of patients with stage IB derive actual benefit from such therapy. Therefore, it is extremely important to identify patients for whom adjuvant chemotherapy will be beneficial. We performed comprehensive protein analysis of 24 surgically resected specimens of stage I adenocarcinoma using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), followed by bioinformatical investigations to identify protein molecules. Furthermore, we carried out immunohistochemical studies of 90 adenocarcinoma specimens to validate the results of LC-MS/MS. We detected two kinds of protein molecules (myosin IIA and vimentin) by LC-MS/MS. We confirmed their immunohistochemical expression and distribution, and evaluated the relationship between the expression of these proteins and prognosis after adjuvant chemotherapy. Patients with no expression of either myosin IIA or vimentin showed a significantly better outcome regardless of PAC using uracil-tegafur. However, we were unable to select responders to uracil-tegafur using these proteins. Cases of adenocarcinoma lacking expression of either myosin IIA or vimentin show a good outcome without PAC, and therefore do not require such treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / drug therapy*
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Administration, Oral
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Biomarkers
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nonmuscle Myosin Type IIA / analysis
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prognosis
  • Proteomics / methods
  • Survival Analysis
  • Tegafur / therapeutic use*
  • Vimentin / analysis


  • Biomarkers
  • Vimentin
  • Tegafur
  • Nonmuscle Myosin Type IIA