Differential expression of the bcl-2 oncogene in human basal cell carcinoma Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Lymphoma, T-Cell, Cutaneous
  • Precancerous Conditions
  • Skin Neoplasms


  • The bcl-2 protein increases cell longevity and reduces apoptosis. Expression of the bcl-2 oncogene is reported in certain low grade neoplasms including basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). The authors postulated that the indolent variants of BCC, namely, the superficial and circumscribed subtypes, might exhibit greater bcl-2 expression than their aggressive counterparts, and used a monoclonal antibody to identify its protein product in formalin-fixed tissue from 30 BCCs. Expression of bcl-2, observed in 28 to 30 BCCs, was greatest in indolent-growth BCCs and weakest in the aggressive-growth variants (P = .005). Variable bcl-2 expression is seen in BCC and may be integral to both its pathogenesis and its biological behavior.

publication date

  • April 23, 1996



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0046-8177(96)90108-2

PubMed ID

  • 8617478

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 355

end page

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