Expression of multidrug resistance proteins, P-gp, MRP1 and LRP, in soft tissue sarcomas analysed according to their histological type and grade.
Graaf, WT van der
Berg, E van den
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0.0001). P-gp expression was most pronounced in malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH), but was low in leiomyosarcomas. MRP1 was expressed in most malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNST). LRP was strongly expressed in MFH and unspecified sarcomas, but was low in liposarcomas. MRP1 and LRP expression was significantly more common in grades 2 and 3 compared with grade 1 tumours. P-gp expression was correlated with MRP1, especially in grade 3 STS. In conclusion, P-gp, MRP1 and LRP are expressed in the majority of STS, but this expression varies according to the histological type. MRP1 and LRP, but not P-gp expression, were found to be correlated to tumour grade. MDR might contribute to the observed differences in clinical behaviour within the heterogeneous group of STS.