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  • Kaprio, Tuomas; Hagstrom, Jaana; Fermer, Christian; Mustonen, Harri; Bockelman, Camilla; Nilsson, Olle; Haglund, Caj (2014)
  • Sofou, Kalliopi; De Coo, Irenaeus F. M.; Isohanni, Pirjo; Ostergaard, Elsebet; Naess, Karin; De Meirleir, Linda; Tzoulis, Charalampos; Uusimaa, Johanna; De Angst, Isabell B.; Lonnqvist, Tuula; Pihko, Helena; Mankinen, Katariina; Bindoff, Laurence A.; Tulinius, Mar; Darin, Niklas (2014)
  • Sinisalo, Juha; Kokkonen, Jorma; Jalanko, Mikko (2020)
  • Takala, Riikka; Tanskanen, Päivi (2018)
  • Ryynanen, Olli-Pekka; Soini, Erkki J.; Lindqvist, Ari; Kilpelainen, Maritta; Laitinen, Tarja (2013)
    Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with increased mortality and poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL) compared with the general population. The objective of this study was to identify clinical characteristics which predict mortality and very poor HRQoL among the COPD population and to develop a Bayesian prediction model. Methods: The data consisted of 738 patients with COPD who had visited the Pulmonary Clinic of the Helsinki and Turku University Hospitals during 1995-2006. The data set contained 49 potential predictor variables and two outcome variables: survival (dead/alive) and HRQoL measured with a 15D instrument (very poor HRQoL <0.70 vs. typical HRQoL >= 0.70). In the first phase of model validation we randomly divided the material into a training set (n = 538), and a test set (n = 200). This procedure was repeated ten times in random fashion to obtain independently created training sets and corresponding test sets. Modeling was performed by using the training set, and each model was tested by using the corresponding test set, repeated in each training set. In the second phase the final model was created by using the total material and eighteen most predictive variables. The performance of six logistic regressions approaches were shown for comparison purposes. Results: In the final model, the following variables were associated with mortality or very poor HRQoL: age at onset, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, alcohol abuse, cancer, psychiatric disease, body mass index, Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) % of predicted, atrial fibrillation, and prolonged QT time in ECG. The prediction accuracy of the model was 77%, sensitivity 0.30, specificity 0.95, positive predictive value 0.68, negative predictive value 0.78, and area under the ROC curve 0.69. While the sensitivity of the model reminded limited, good specificity, moderate accuracy, comparable or better performance in classification and better performance in variable selection and data usage in comparison to the logistic regression approaches, and positive and negative predictive values indicate that the model has potential in predicting mortality and very poor HRQoL in COPD patients. Conclusion: We developed a Bayesian prediction model which is potentially useful in predicting mortality and very poor HRQoL in patients with COPD.
  • Bryk, Saara Susanna; Färkkilä, Anniina; Butzow, Ralf; Leminen, Arto; Johanna, Tapper; Heikinheimo, Markku; Unkila-Kallio, Leila; Riska, Annika (2016)
    Objective. Adult-type ovarian granulosa cell tumors (AGCTs) have an unpredictable tendency to relapse. In a carefully validated patient cohort, we evaluated the prognostic factors related to AGCT recurrence. Methods. We identified all patients diagnosed with AGCT during 1956-2014 in Helsinki University Hospital, with a minimum follow-up of one year (n = 240). After a histological review supplemented with FOXL2 (402C G) mutation status analysis, we analyzed the clinical data for association with relapse. Results. The final cohort included 164 (68%) molecularly defined AGCTs (MD-AGCTs). The majority of the women were postmenopausal (63%), and 92% of tumors were stage I. The median follow-up time was 15.5 years. Fifty-two (32%) patients developed tumor recurrence, of whom 55% had successive recurrences. Multiple-site recurrences were common, and nearly half of the recurrences were asymptomatic. The median time to the first relapse was 7.4 years, and 75% of relapses occurred within ten years after primary diagnosis. The median disease-free survival was 11.3 years. Premenopausal status at initial diagnosis, FIGO stage Ic versus la, and tumor rupture associated with relapse. However, tumor rupture was the only independent predictive factor. Of the relapsed patients, 48% died of AGO' in a median time of 153 years. Conclusion. Tumor rupture is the strongest predictive factor for recurrence, and these patients might benefit from a more aggressive initial treatment approach. AGCT requires active follow up for 10 to 15 years after primary diagnosis, since recurrences may develop late, asymptomatically and in multiple anatomical locations. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Jäntti, Toni; Segersvärd, Heli; Tolppanen, Heli; Tarvasmäki, Tuukka; Lassus, Johan; Devaux, Yvan; Vausort, Melanie; Pulkki, Kari; Sionis, Alessandro; Bayes-Genis, Antoni; Tikkanen, Ilkka; Lakkisto, Päivi; Harjola, Veli-Pekka (2019)
    Aims The role of microRNAs has not been studied in cardiogenic shock. We examined the potential role of miR-423-5p level to predict mortality and associations of miR-423-5p with prognostic markers in cardiogenic shock. Methods and results We conducted a prospective multinational observational study enrolling consecutive cardiogenic shock patients. Blood samples were available for 179 patients at baseline to determine levels of miR-423-5p and other biomarkers. Patients were treated according to local practice. Main outcome was 90 day all-cause mortality. Median miR-423-5p level was significantly higher in 90 day non-survivors [median 0.008 arbitrary units (AU) (interquartile range 0.003-0.017) vs. 0.004 AU (0.002-0.009), P = 0.003]. miR-423-5p level above median was associated with higher lactate (median 3.7 vs. 2.4 mmol/L, P = 0.001) and alanine aminotransferase levels (median 68 vs. 35 IU/L, P <0.001) as well as lower cardiac index (1.8 vs. 2.4, P = 0.04) and estimated glomerular filtration rate (56 vs. 70 mL/min/1.73 m(2), P = 0.002). In Cox regression analysis, miR-423-5p level above median was associated with 90 day all-cause mortality independently of established risk factors of cardiogenic shock [adjusted hazard ratio 1.9 (95% confidence interval 1.2-3.2), P = 0.01]. Conclusions In cardiogenic shock patients, above median level of miR-423-5p at baseline is associated with markers of hypoperfusion and seems to independently predict 90 day all-cause mortality.
  • Lundin, Catarina; Forestier, Erik; Andersen, Mette Klarskov; Autio, Kirsi; Barbany, Gisela; Cavelier, Lucia; Golovleva, Irina; Heim, Sverre; Heinonen, Kristiina; Hovland, Randi; Johannsson, Johann H.; Kjeldsen, Eigil; Nordgren, Ann; Palmqvist, Lars; Johansson, Bertil; Nordic Soc Pediat Hematology Oncol; Swedish Cytogenetic Leukemia Study; NOPHO Leukemia Cytogenetic Study G (2014)
  • Fallenius, Marika; Skrifvars, Markus B; Reinikainen, Matti; Bendel, Stepani; Raj, Rahul (BioMed Central, 2017)
    Abstract Background Intensive care scoring systems are widely used in intensive care units (ICU) around the world for case-mix adjustment in research and benchmarking. The aim of our study was to investigate the usefulness of common intensive care scoring systems in predicting mid-term mortality in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) treated in intensive care units (ICU). Methods We performed a retrospective observational study including adult patients with spontaneous ICH treated in Finnish ICUs during 2003–2012. We used six-month mortality as the primary outcome of interest. We used logistic regression to customize Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II, Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS) II and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) for six-month mortality prediction. To assess the usefulness of the scoring systems, we compared their discrimination and calibration with two simpler models consisting of age, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, and premorbid functional status. Results Totally 3218 patients were included. Overall six-month mortality was 48%. APACHE II and SAPS II outperformed SOFA (area under the receiver operator curve [AUC] 0.83 and 0.84, respectively, vs. 0.73) but did not show any benefit over the simpler models in terms of discrimination (AUC 0.84, p > 0.05 for all models). SAPS II showed satisfactory calibration (p = 0.058 in the Hosmer-Lemeshow test), whereas all other models showed poor calibration (p < 0.05). Discussion In this retrospective multi-center study, we found that SAPS II and APACHE II were of no additional prognostic value to a simple model based on only age and GCS score for patients with ICH treated in the ICU. In fact, the major predictive ability of APACHE II and SAPS II comes from their age and GCS score components. SOFA performed significantly poorer than the other models and is not applicable as a prognostic model for ICH patients. All models displayed poor calibration, highlighting the need for improved prognostic models for ICH patients. Conclusion The common intensive care scoring systems did not outperform a simpler model based on only age and GCS score. Thus, the use of previous intensive care scoring systems is not warranted in ICH patients.
  • Fallenius, Marika; Skrifvars, Markus B.; Reinikainen, Matti; Bendel, Stepani; Raj, Rahul (2017)
    Background: Intensive care scoring systems are widely used in intensive care units (ICU) around the world for case-mix adjustment in research and benchmarking. The aim of our study was to investigate the usefulness of common intensive care scoring systems in predicting mid-term mortality in patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) treated in intensive care units (ICU). Methods: We performed a retrospective observational study including adult patients with spontaneous ICH treated in Finnish ICUs during 2003-2012. We used six-month mortality as the primary outcome of interest. We used logistic regression to customize Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II, Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPS) II and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) for six-month mortality prediction. To assess the usefulness of the scoring systems, we compared their discrimination and calibration with two simpler models consisting of age, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, and premorbid functional status. Results: Totally 3218 patients were included. Overall six-month mortality was 48%. APACHE II and SAPS II outperformed SOFA (area under the receiver operator curve [AUC] 0.83 and 0.84, respectively, vs. 0.73) but did not show any benefit over the simpler models in terms of discrimination (AUC 0.84, p > 0.05 for all models). SAPS II showed satisfactory calibration (p = 0.058 in the Hosmer-Lemeshow test), whereas all other models showed poor calibration (p <0.05). Discussion: In this retrospective multi-center study, we found that SAPS II and APACHE II were of no additional prognostic value to a simple model based on only age and GCS score for patients with ICH treated in the ICU. In fact, the major predictive ability of APACHE II and SAPS II comes from their age and GCS score components. SOFA performed significantly poorer than the other models and is not applicable as a prognostic model for ICH patients. All models displayed poor calibration, highlighting the need for improved prognostic models for ICH patients. Conclusion: The common intensive care scoring systems did not outperform a simpler model based on only age and GCS score. Thus, the use of previous intensive care scoring systems is not warranted in ICH patients.
  • Laakso, Sini M.; Myllynen, Chris; Strbian, Daniel; Atula, Sari (2021)
    Background: The effect of comorbidities on the prognosis of myasthenia gravis (MG) remains unclear. In particular, the role of other autoimmune diseases (AD) is controversial. Methods: In this retrospective single-center cohort study, we investigated 154 consecutive generalized thymectomized MG patients, with a mean follow-up time of 8.6 (+/- 5.0) years post-thymectomy. Comorbidities diagnosed at any timepoint were retrieved from medical records and Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) scores were calculated. Patients were categorized into subgroups MG alone (n = 45) and MG with any comorbidity (n = 109); the latter was further categorized into MG with other ADs (n = 33) and MG with non-AD comorbidities (n = 76). The endpoints analyzed were complete stable remission (CSR), minimal need for medications, and need for inhospital treatments. Results: CSR was more frequent in MG alone than in MG with any comorbidity group (26.7% vs 8.3%, p = 0.004). Minimal need for medication was reached more often in the MG alone than in the MG with non-AD comorbidities group (p = 0.047). Need for in-hospital treatments was lower in the MG alone group than in MG patients with any comorbidity (p = 0.046). Logistic regression analysis revealed that lower CCI scores increased the likelihood of CSR (p = 0.033). Lower CCI scores were more prevalent both in patients with minimal need for medication and in patients who did not need in-hospital treatments (p < 0.001). Conclusions: Patients with generalized MG and comorbidities have a poorer prognosis than patients with MG alone during almost 9 years follow-up after thymectomy. AD comorbidities appeared not to translate into a higher risk compared to other comorbidities.
  • Satopaa, Jarno; Mustanoja, Satu; Meretoja, Atte; Putaala, Jukka; Kaste, Markku; Niemela, Mika; Tatlisumak, Turgut; Strbian, Daniel (2017)
    Background and aims: We evaluated the accuracy of 19 published prognostic scores to find the best tool for predicting mortality after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Methods: A retrospective single-center analysis of consecutive patients with ICH (n = 1013). After excluding patients with missing data (n = 131), we analyzed 882 patients for 3-month (primary outcome), in-hospital, and 12-month mortality. We analyzed the strength of the individual score components and calculated the c-statistics, Youden index, sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive value (NPV and PPV) for the scores. Finally, we included every score component in a multivariable model to analyze the maximum predictive value of the data elements combined. Results: Observed in-hospital mortality was 23.6%, 3-month mortality was 31.0%, and 12-month mortality was 35.3%. For in-hospital mortality, the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) performed equally good as the best score for the other outcomes, the ICH Functional Outcome Score (ICH-FOS). The c-statistics of the scores varied from 0.6293 (95% CI 0.587-0.672) to 0.8802 (0.855-0.906). With all variables from all the scores in a multivariable regression model, the c-statistics did not improve, being 0.89 (0.867-0.913). Using the Youden index cutoff for the ICH-FOS score, the sensitivity (73%), specificity (90%), PPV (76%), and NPV (88%) for the primary outcome were good. Conclusions: A plethora of scores exists to help clinicians estimate the prognosis of an acute ICH patient. The NIHSS can be used to quantify the risk of in-hospital death while the ICH-FOS performed best for the other outcomes. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Forsblom, E.; Kakriainen, A.; Ruotsalainen, E.; Järvinen, A. (2018)
    Background Sex-related treatment inequalities are suggested to explain outcome differences between men and women in Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB). We compared patient characteristics, clinical management, infectious specialist consultation (ISC) and outcome in men and women with SAB. Methods Multicenter retrospective study of methicillin-sensitive (MS-) SAB patients categorized according to sex and ISC consultation provided within 7 days of diagnosis. Results Altogether 617 SAB patients were included in the analysis: 62% males and 38% females. Male sex was associated less often to nosocomial bacteremia (OR 0.69, 95% CI 0.50-0.96, p = 0.029) and more often to alcoholism (OR 2.25, 95% CI 1.31-3.87, p = 0.003). No sex-related differences were seen in basic or immunologic laboratory tests, illness severity, intensive care unit treatment or thromboembolic events. ISC was provided to most patients (94%) irrespective of sex. No differences were seen in clinical management of men or women: Transthoracic or -esophageal echocardiography (61% vs. 65%), deep infection (77% vs. 72%), infection removal (30% vs. 27%) and anti-staphylococcal antibiotics as first-line treatment (54% vs. 51%). However, male sex was connected to more frequent adjunctive rifampicin treatment (52% vs. 41%, p = 0.025). No difference in 28- or 90-day mortality (13% vs. 13% and 18% vs. 20%) or SAB relapse (0% vs. 1%) was observed between men and women. Propensity-score adjusted Cox proportional analysis gave no connection of sex to mortality within 90 days. Conclusion Patient characteristics, clinical management, ISC guidance, bacteremia relapse, and outcome did not differ in men and women with MS-SAB.
  • Cardiomyopathy Myocarditis; Asselbergs, Folkert W.; Sammani, Arjan; Elliott, Perry; Heliö, Tiina; Charron, Philippe (2021)
    Aims Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a complex disease where genetics interplay with extrinsic factors. This study aims to compare the phenotype, management, and outcome of familial DCM (FDCM) and non-familial (sporadic) DCM (SDCM) across Europe. Methods and results Patients with DCM that were enrolled in the prospective ESC EORP Cardiomyopathy & Myocarditis Registry were included. Baseline characteristics, genetic testing, genetic yield, and outcome were analysed comparing FDCM and SDCM; 1260 adult patients were studied (238 FDCM, 707 SDCM, and 315 not disclosed). Patients with FDCM were younger (P <0.01), had less severe disease phenotype at presentation (P <0.02), more favourable baseline cardiovascular risk profiles (P Conclusions We observed that FDCM and SDCM have significant differences at baseline but similar short-term prognosis. Whether modification of associated cardiovascular risk factors provide opportunities for treatment remains to be investigated. Our results also show a prevalent role of genetics in FDCM and a non-marginal yield in SDCM although genetic testing is largely neglected in SDCM. Limited genetic testing and heterogeneity in panels provides a scaffold for improvement of guideline adherence.
  • Lahtela, E.; Wolin, A.; Pietinalho, A.; Lokki, M. -L.; Selroos, O. (2017)
    Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease of unknown etiology and multiple clinical phenotypes. Clinical manifestations range from asymptomatic disease to severe loss-of-function leading to the hypothesis that sarcoidosis might not be just one disease, but consists of several distinct disease entities each with potentially distinct genetic associations. We have previously demonstrated that in our series HLADRB1* 03:01 and haplotype HLA-DRB1*04:01-DPB1*04:01 are associated with good prognosis sarcoidosis. In our recent work, we found a novel SNP (rs9905945) in the 50upstream region of the ACE gene to be associated with favorable disease prognosis as well. The main objective of this study was to expand the previous results and analyse combined influence of the found ACE SNP rs9905945 with the protective HLA markers HLADRB1*03:01 and HLA-DRB1*04:01-DPB1*04:01 in 188 Finnish sarcoidosis patients (resolved disease, n = 90; persistent disease, n = 98). When combining the frequencies of the rs9905945 and of the HLA markers, the strongest association was found for a combination of either/or both HLA markers and rs9905945 for good disease prognosis (37.1% in resolved vs. 11.3% in persistent, p <0.001, OR = 4.61, (95% CI 2.15-9.86)). In conclusion, we discovered that a combination of the ACE SNP rs9905945 and HLA markers enhance the accuracy for predicting disease course in Finnish sarcoidosis patients further characterizing genetic differences between Finnish sarcoidosis patients with different prognosis. (c) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Borssen, Magnus; Nordlund, Jessica; Haider, Zahra; Landfors, Mattias; Larsson, Par; Kanerva, Jukka; Schmiegelow, Kjeld; Flaegstad, Trond; Jonsson, Olafur Gisli; Frost, Britt-Marie; Palle, Josefine; Forestier, Erik; Heyman, Mats; Hultdin, Magnus; Lonnerholm, Gudmar; Degerman, Sofie (2018)
    Background: Few biological markers are associated with survival after relapse of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). In pediatric T-cell ALL, we have identified promoter-associated methylation alterations that correlate with prognosis. Here, the prognostic relevance of CpG island methylation phenotype (CIMP) classification was investigated in pediatric BCP-ALL patients. Methods: Six hundred and one BCP-ALL samples from Nordic pediatric patients (age 1-18) were CIMP classified at initial diagnosis and analyzed in relation to clinical data. Results: Among the 137 patients that later relapsed, patients with a CIMP-profile (n = 42) at initial diagnosis had an inferior overall survival (pOS(5years) 33%) compared to CIMP+ patients (n = 95, pOS(5years) 65%) (p = 0.001), which remained significant in a Cox proportional hazards model including previously defined risk factors. Conclusion: CIMP classification is a strong candidate for improved risk stratification of relapsed BCP-ALL.
  • Borssén, Magnus; Nordlund, Jessica; Haider, Zahra; Landfors, Mattias; Larsson, Pär; Kanerva, Jukka; Schmiegelow, Kjeld; Flaegstad, Trond; Jónsson, Ólafur G; Frost, Britt-Marie; Palle, Josefine; Forestier, Erik; Heyman, Mats; Hultdin, Magnus; Lönnerholm, Gudmar; Degerman, Sofie (BioMed Central, 2018)
    Abstract Background Few biological markers are associated with survival after relapse of B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). In pediatric T-cell ALL, we have identified promoter-associated methylation alterations that correlate with prognosis. Here, the prognostic relevance of CpG island methylation phenotype (CIMP) classification was investigated in pediatric BCP-ALL patients. Methods Six hundred and one BCP-ALL samples from Nordic pediatric patients (age 1–18) were CIMP classified at initial diagnosis and analyzed in relation to clinical data. Results Among the 137 patients that later relapsed, patients with a CIMP− profile (n = 42) at initial diagnosis had an inferior overall survival (pOS5years 33%) compared to CIMP+ patients (n = 95, pOS5years 65%) (p = 0.001), which remained significant in a Cox proportional hazards model including previously defined risk factors. Conclusion CIMP classification is a strong candidate for improved risk stratification of relapsed BCP-ALL.
  • Heikkinen, Ilkka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2018)
    Johdanto: : Sekuriini on proteiini, jolla on tärkeä merkitys solujen jakautumisessa. Sen pääasiallinen tehtävä on estää mitoosin aikana sisarkromatidien ennenaikainen irtoaminen toisistaan ennen kuin tumasukkulan muodostuminen on valmis. Sekuriini säätelee myös M-faasiin siirtymistä ja p53 proteiinin toimintaa, sekä osallistuu DNA:n korjausprosessiin. Sekuriinilla on todettu olevan merkittävä rooli myös useiden syöpien kehittymisessä. Tässä tutkimuksessa analysoimme sekuriinin tuotannon yhteyttä liikkuvan kielen levyepiteelikarsinoomapotilaiden ennusteeseen. Menetelmät: Tutkimusaineisto koostui 93 kielisyöpäpotilaasta, joiden diagnoosi sekä hoito toteutettiin Helsingin yliopistollisessa keskussairaalassa sekä Oulun yliopistollisessa sairaalassa vuosina 1981-2005. Sekuriinituotannon määrää ja sijaintia syöpäkudoksessa tutkittiin immunohistokemiallisesti siten, että 52 potilaan tissue microarray (TMA) ja 41 potilaan kasvainresekaattien histologiset leikkeet värjättiin monoklonaalisella sekuriini vasta-aineella. Sekuriinin määrää arvioitiin prosentuaalisena osuutena positiivisesti sekuriinivasta-aineella värjäytyneistä syöpäsoluista suhteessa kaikkiin kentässä näkyviin syöpäsoluihin. Tilastollisista analyyseistä khiin neliö -testiä käytettiin eri muuttujien välisten riippuvuuksien vertailussa. Kaplan-Meier kuvaajaa, log-rank testiä ja Coxin suhteellisen vaaran mallia sovellettiin elinaika-analyysissä. Tilastolliset analyysit tehtiin IBM SPSS (versio 20.0) tilastoanalyysiohjelmistolla. Tulokset: Sekuriinin yliekspressio liittyi merkittävästi syövän erilaistumisasteeseen (P=0.03). Sekuriinia oli enemmän levinneisyysasteeltaan pidemmälle edenneissä syövissä (asteet III ja IV), mutta tämä yhteys ei ollut tilastollisesti merkitsevä. Assosiaatiota ei myöskään löytynyt sekuriinin määrän ja kielisyöpäkuolleisuuden tai kielisyövän uusiutumisen välillä (P > 0.05). Johtopäätökset: Löydöksemme viittaavat siihen, että sekuriinin yliekspressiolla saattaa olla merkitystä kielisyövän etenemisessä, mutta sekuriini ei ennusta kielisyöpäpotilaan kuolleisuutta tautiin tai taudin uusiutumistaipumusta.
  • Heikkinen, Ilkka; Almangush, Alhadi; Hagström, Jaana; Bello, Ibrahim O.; Kauppila, Joonas H.; Mäkinen, Laura; Haglund, Caj; Nieminen, Pentti; Salo, Tuula; Leivo, Ilmo (2016)
    The proliferation marker, securin, is involved in the progression of many carcinomas. However, its expression in oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) has not been previously studied. We examined securin expression by immunohistochemistry in OTSCC. A total of 93 cases treated for OTSCC were included in this study. Expression of securin in OTSCC was studied by immunohistochemistry of tissue microarrays (52 cases) and routine tumor sections (41 cases). Securin overexpression is significantly associated with higher tumor grade (P = 0.03). Overexpression of securin was observed more frequently in advanced stages of OTSCC than in earlier stages but the difference was not statistically significant. These findings suggest that overexpression of securin in OTSCC may be important during progression of this cancer. No significant association was found between securin expression and the prognosis of OTSCC.
  • Hämetoja, Hanna; Hirvonen, Karoliina; Hagström, Jaana; Leivo, Ilmo; Saarilahti, Kauko; Apajalahti, Satu; Haglund, Caj; Mäkitie, Antti; Bäck, Leif (2017)
    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the long-term outcome of minor salivary and mucous gland (MiSG) adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of the head and neck and to compare the results with earlier reports including our recently published series on major salivary gland (MaSG) ACC. The study comprised 68 MiSG ACCs operated during 1974-2012 at the Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland. Medical records and histological samples were reviewed. Our previously published cohort comprising 54 MaSG ACCs during the years from 1974 to 2009 was used for comparison. The most common locations were the oral cavity and sinonasal cavities. Most patients presented stages IV (33.8%) and I (23.5%) disease. Primary treatment with curative intent, mainly surgery, was offered for 64 patients. Thirty-three (51.6%) of these patients developed a disease recurrence and 22 (66.7%) patients in less than 5 years. The difference in the length of recurrence-free time (<5 vs. > 5 years) had an impact on OS and DSS (p <0.001) showing worse prognosis for the earlier recurring group. T classes 2-4 (p = 0.005, p <0.001, and p = 0.001, respectively) and stages II-IV (p = 0.019, p <0.001, and p = 0.002, respectively) were associated with worse OS, DSS, and DFS. MiSG ACC had a similar long-term survival compared to MaSG ACC. Patients with stage I MiSG ACC seem to carry a favourable prognosis compared with those with stages II, III, and IV tumours. It is thus noteworthy that stage II tumours represent a truly advanced disease entity warranting a more aggressive treatment approach.