Prognostic significance of DNA patterns and resistance-predictive tests in non-small cell lung carcinoma

Cancer. 1985 Sep 15;56(6):1396-403. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19850915)56:6<1396::aid-cncr2820560630>;2-l.


In a cooperative study, 240 surgical specimens of patients with non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC) were investigated by means of flow cytometry, xenotransplantation to athymic mice and, an in vitro short-term test for predicting resistance. Aneuploidy was found in 83% of the tumors, and 20% showed more than one aneuploid DNA stemline. Patients with both aneuploid tumors and tumors with more than one DNA stemline had a significantly shorter survival rate than those with only diploid or only one DNA stemline. Patients whose tumors showed a low G0/G1-cell proportion or a high proliferation pool (S and G2/M-cell proportion) died earlier. A relationship could not be discerned between growth of tumors in nude mice or establishment of cell lines and the prognosis for the patients. Patients with in vitro-resistant tumors died earlier under chemotherapy than those with in vitro-sensitive tumors. Patients treated by radiation survived longer if the tumors were resistant in vitro. Thus, DNA patterns and in vitro short-term tests for predicting resistance represent useful tools for prognostic evaluation of patients with NSCLC.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aneuploidy
  • Animals
  • Cell Cycle
  • DNA, Neoplasm / analysis*
  • Diploidy
  • Drug Resistance
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Humans
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Prognosis


  • DNA, Neoplasm