Low copy number and low oxidative damage of mitochondrial DNA are associated with tumor progression in lung cancer tissues after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Chen Sung Lina, Liang Shun Wang, Chun Ming Tsaig, Yau Huei Wei

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The decrease in the copy number of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in cancer tissues might be associated with a decrease in oxidative mtDNA damage to achieve cancer immortalization and progression. Lung cancer specimens were collected from 29 patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgical resection. The relative mtDNA copy number and the oxidative mtDNA damage (formation of 8-OHdG in mtDNA) of each cancer tissue were measured by quantitative real-time PCR. Seven female and 22 male lung cancer patients, with a mean age of 63.5 years were evaluated. Tumors of five patients became progressive, 13 stable, and 11 partially responsive after preoperative chemotherapy. Low mtDNA copy number (P = 0.089) and low degree of oxidative mtDNA damage (P = 0.036) were found to associate with tumor progression. Moreover, mtDNA copy number was significantly related to the degree of oxidative mtDNA damage (P = 0.031). The mtDNA copy number and oxidative mtDNA damage were lower in advanced NSCLC after chemotherapy. This finding suggests that a decrease in the content of mtDNA may result in a decrease of mitochondrial density in cancer cells, which leads to a decrease of endogenous ROS production and reduction of ROS-triggered DNA damage to achieve immortalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-958
Number of pages5
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • 8-OHdG
  • mtDNA copy number
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Oxidative damage
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery

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