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Immunohistochemical evaluation of stress-responsive protein sestrin2 and its correlation with p53 mutational status in eyelid sebaceous gland carcinoma
  1. Perumal Jayaraj1,
  2. Seema Sen2,
  3. Srishti Rangarajan3,
  4. Neelanjana Ray4,
  5. Kirtana Vasu4,
  6. Vijay Kumar Singh2,
  7. Rajendra Phartyal1,
  8. Sarika Yadav3,
  9. Anita Verma1
  1. 1 Department of Zoology, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  2. 2 Department of Ocular Pathology, Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Science, All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi, India
  3. 3 Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  4. 4 Department of Biological Science, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Perumal Jayaraj, Department of Zoology, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi, New Delhi 110021, India; jay.aiims{at}


Background p53 is a stress-activated tumour suppressor gene, and its mutation has been associated with solid tumours including non-melanoma skin cancers. Sestrin2 expression is associated with DNA damage and oxidative stress and has been described as a downstream target of p53 network. However, its role in sebaceous gland carcinoma (SGC) remains unexplored.

Objectives To determine the role of p53 and its downstream target gene sestrin2 expression and p53 gene mutation status in SGC.

Methods Twenty cases of eyelid SGC tumour and circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) were subjected to mutational analysis of p53 gene. p53 and sesrin2 expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry. Results were correlated with the clinicopathological features of eyelid SGC.

Results p53 gene mutations was detected in 25% of the SGC cases. A C>T transition was identified in exon 6 in a single patient in both tumour and ccfDNA. A G>T transversion leading to amino acid change D259Y was seen in four patients. A splice site mutation affected a single case in exon 6. p53 expression was observed in 55% SGC. Loss of sestrin2 in 55% SGC cases correlated with poor tumour differentiation (P=0.0001), upper eyelid involvement (P=0.004), p53 mutation (P=0.039) and with mutant p53 expression (P=0.0001).

Conclusion Sestrin2 expression was found to be significantly reduced in p53 mutated SGC cases and in cases with strong p53 nuclear immunopositivity, suggesting that loss of sestrin2 may be of biological significance in the development of SGC and as a key downstream component of p53 tumour suppression network in eyelid SGC.

  • pathology
  • eye lids
  • neoplasia

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  • Contributors PJ and SS were responsible for the conception and design of the study. SS was involved in the provision of study materials and supervision. PJ, RP, SY and AV did the collection and assembly of data. PJ, SR, NR, KV and VKS were analysed the data and performed the experiments. PJ, SS, SR, NR, KV and VKS wrote the manuscript. All the authors contributed to the literature Search and final approval of manuscript.

  • Funding This work was supported by Delhi University Innovation project grant number SVC-302.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted after approval obtained from the Institute Ethics Committee, AIIMS, New Delhi, India (IEC-107/05.02.2016, RP-28/2016).

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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