Relevance of the mammalian target of rapamycin pathway in the prognosis of patients with high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

Mona Fahmy, Jose Joao Mansure, Fadi Brimo, Faysal A. Yafi, Robert Segal, Abdulaziz Althunayan, Jessica Hicks, Alan Meeker, George Netto, Wassim Kassouf

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High-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) is associated with higher rates of recurrence and progression. Molecular markers within aberrant signaling pathways in cancer need further evaluation of their role as prognostic indicators and potential future targets for prevention of recurrence. Our objective was to investigate the role of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway on the stage and outcome of patients with high-risk NMIBC. Tissue microarrays were built from archival bladder tumor specimens (n = 142). Various clinicopathologic variables were collected retrospectively from patients treated with transurethral resection. Immunohistochemical staining was performed for phosphatase and tensin homolog, phosphorylated Akt, phosphorylated mTOR, phosphorylated S6 (p-S6), eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E-binding protein-1, and p27. Multivariate analysis using Cox regression models addressed recurrence-free survival (RFS), progression-free survival, and worsening-free survival. In multivariate analysis, p-S6 was an independent predictor of shorter RFS (hazard ratio, 3.55; 95% CI, 1.31-9.64). Expression of p27 was inversely correlated with RFS (hazard ratio, 0.27; 95% CI, 0.10-0.74). Low levels of phosphatase and tensin homolog expression were associated with worsening-free survival (P <.03). None of the markers showed correlation with progression-free survival. Our results demonstrate that activation of the mTOR pathway, as assessed by p-S6 and expression of p27, might be used to provide prognostic information, particularly as a predictor of recurrence among patients with high-risk NMIBC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1766-1772
Number of pages7
JournalHuman pathology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • High-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
  • Prognosis
  • Tissue microarray
  • mTOR pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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