The role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)/Posphorylated-Akt (P-Akt) signaling axis in regulating hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) expression in vivo is not well understood and is of potential clinical importance since the extent of hypoxia in the tumor environment is thought to be an important determination of resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. We performed the immunohistochemical studies in 80 patients with non-small cell lung cancers to evaluate EGFR, P-Akt, and HIF-1α expression. Significant correlation between P-Akt and HIF-1α (P=0.0006) and marginal correlation between EGFR and P-Akt (P=0.066) were found. P-Akt was shown to be a poor prognostic factor as to patients with lymph node involvement (P=0.031).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research