Immunohistochemical expression of P53 protein in nephroblastoma: a predictor of unfavorable prognosis

J Egypt Natl Canc Inst. 2023 Jul 31;35(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s43046-023-00183-2.


Objective: Immunohistochemical expression of P53 protein is so closely related to status of mutation of P53 gene which is tightly linked with pathogenesis of nephroblastoma or Wilms tumor. This study aims to determine the immunohistochemical expression of P53 protein and its predictors in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks of patients with nephroblastoma.

Materials and methods: A series of 83 histologically diagnosed cases of nephroblastoma from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks archived at the Department of Pathology, Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda, were analyzed. Monoclonal anti-p53 antibody (DO-7, DAKO) was used to assess the expression of P53 protein expression. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the predictors of P53 protein immunohistochemical expression, and statistical significance was considered when p-value was less than 0.05.

Results: Most (42.2%, n = 35) of the cases were in advanced tumor stages (III-V), and almost one-quarter (21.7%, n = 18) of the cases were in high-risk group. The immunohistochemical expression of P53 protein was (8.4%, n = 7), and there were more (83.3%, n = 5) positive anaplastic cases for P53 protein compared with (2.6%, n = 2) of P53 expression for non-anaplastic cases. High risk (AOR = 3.42, 95% CI = 7.91-12.55, p = 0.037) and anaplasia (AOR = 1.41, 95% CI = 13.85-4.46, p = 0.001) were potential predictors of immunohistochemical expression of P53 protein.

Conclusion: Most of patients with nephroblastoma in resources-limited settings are diagnosed with advanced clinical stages. Association of P53 protein with anaplasia found in this study indicates the possibility of having novel target therapy for treatment of patients with anaplastic form of nephroblastoma with a focus of identifying molecules that lead to its suppression in such subpopulations of patients with nephroblastoma.

Keywords: Immunohistochemical expression; Nephroblastoma; P53; Prognosis.

MeSH terms

  • Anaplasia
  • Formaldehyde
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Kidney Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Kidney Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Prognosis
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / genetics
  • Uganda
  • Wilms Tumor* / diagnosis
  • Wilms Tumor* / genetics
  • Wilms Tumor* / pathology


  • Formaldehyde
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53
  • TP53 protein, human