• Vladimír Bartoš Department of Pathology, Faculty Hospital in Žilina, Slovakia
  • Millada Kullová Department of Dermatovenerology, Faculty Hospital in Žilina, Slovakia


Purpose: Overexpression of antiapoptotic B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) protein is one of the major contributors to oncogenesis and high levels have been identified in a variety of tumour types. We investigated an immunohistochemical
expression of Bcl-2 protein in cutaneous basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) to elucidate whether there are differences in the expression pattern related to tumour growth phenotype.

Materials and Methods: The study group consisted of 45 cutaneous BCCs, which were categorised into the nonaggressive (NA-BCCs; 31 cases) and aggressive histologic variants (A-BCCs; 14 cases).

Results: There were 3 tumours (6.6%) with negative staining and 42 tumours (93.4%) with positive staining for Bcl-2 protein, 10 of which (23.8%) displayed low and remaining 32 cases (76.2%) exhibited high expression. All three “Bcl-
2 negative” BCCs showed aggressive-growth features (infiltrative subtypes). When Bcl-2 values were evaluated as negative/low versus high expression, there was significantly lower Bcl-2 protein expression in the A-BCCs compared
to the NA-BCCs. Even an intensity of immunostaining showed a tendency of being weaker in the A-BCCs. In spite of that, three infiltrative BCCs showed a diffuse strong immunoreactivity.

Conclusion: An immunohistochemical positivity of Bcl-2 protein in the neoplastic cells of cutaneous BCC was nearly constant feature, and its decreased staining was associated with an infiltrative growth pattern. It suggests that a low
Bcl-2 protein expression in tumor tissue might be considered an unfavorable prognostic indicator.

Key words: Basal cell carcinoma, B-cell lymphoma-2 protein, biological behavior


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How to Cite
Bartoš V, Kullová M. EXPRESSION OF ANTI-APOPTOTIC PROTEIN BCL-2 IN CUTANEOUS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA. J Cancer Allied Spec [Internet]. 2018Dec.31 [cited 2021Apr.10];4(4). Available from:
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