Table 2

The number of positive bone marrow (BM) samples shown separately for the three mRNA markers mammaglobin A (hMAM), cytokeratin 19 (CK19) and TWIST1, as well as in combination by construction of a multimarker panel
BM samples No. of    patients Missing   data Marker expression

Multimarker

positive*

hMAM CK19 TWIST1
BM1 154 0 4 (3) 14 (8) 5 (2) 21 (11)
BM2 144 10 6 (5) 5 (2) 9 (4) 17 (8)
BM3 109 45 6 (3) 1 (1) 2 (1) 7 (3)
BM2 and/or BM3 154 0 11 (7) 5 (2) 11 (5) 23 (10)

BM1 drawn prior to surgery; BM2 drawn three weeks after primary surgery; BM3 drawn six months after primary surgery.

The number of systemic relapse is shown in parentheses.

*Positive for at least one of the markers hMAM, CK19 and TWIST1.

Tjensvoll et al.

Tjensvoll et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:190   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-190

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