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  • 1
    Keywords: CANCER ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; COHORT ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; cell line ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; LINES ; PATIENT ; FAMILY ; CARCINOGENESIS ; TISSUES ; CELL-LINES ; LESIONS ; PROGRESSION ; immunohistochemistry ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; LOCALIZATION ; POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION ; adenocarcinoma ; ADENOCARCINOMAS ; pathology ; OVEREXPRESSION ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; protein expression ; chemoresistance ; SUBCELLULAR-LOCALIZATION ; SUBSET ; pancreas ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FAMILIES ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; polymerase chain reaction ; TUMOR TISSUE ; LEVEL ; analysis ; methods ; pancreatic ; RARE ; SURVIVAL-DATA ; Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
    Abstract: AIMS: To determine the role of two antiapoptotic proteins of the IAP family, cIAP1 and cIAP2, in human pancreatic carcinogenesis. METHODS: mRNA levels were measured in pancreatic tissues and pancreatic cancer cell lines by quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR). Protein expression was assessed in pancreatic cancer cell lines by immunoblotting and in pancreatic tissues by immunohistochemistry and correlated with pathological and survival data. RESULTS: cIAP1 expression was constantly high in non-neoplastic pancreatic tissues, in PanIN lesions, as well as in a subset of primary and metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDAC), and a preferential cytoplasmatic localization was observed in the tumor tissues. cIAP1 expression was rare in a cohort of cystic tumors. cIAP2 mRNA levels were significantly higher (2.4 fold) in PDAC than in the normal tissues. cIAP2 protein was overexpressed in PDAC and was detectable in low-grade and high-grade PanIN lesions. Moreover, cIAP2 was frequently expressed in pancreatic cystic tumors. cIAP1 and cIAP2 mRNA and protein were detected in all the examined cell lines. Survival analysis revealed a shorter survival in patients with cIAP1/cIAP2-positive tumors. CONCLUSIONS: cIAP1 might contribute to the regulation of the apoptotic process in the normal and in the neoplastic pancreas, depending on its subcellular localization. cIAP2 overexpression is a frequent and early event in pancreatic cancer progression and could therefore potentially influence important pathophysiological aspects of PDAC, such as anoikis or chemoresistance
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16775116
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  • 2
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; GROWTH-FACTOR ; CELL ; Germany ; TISSUE ; LINES ; TIME ; FAMILY ; INDUCTION ; TISSUES ; CONTRAST ; CELL-LINES ; DOWN-REGULATION ; MEMBER ; MEMBERS ; PHOSPHORYLATION ; BREAST-CANCER ; antibodies ; antibody ; immunohistochemistry ; ASSAY ; CARCINOMA CELLS ; CELL-LINE ; LINE ; CANCER-CELLS ; BETA ; RT-PCR ; adenocarcinoma ; p21 ; CELL-SURFACE ; RECEPTORS ; DIFFERENTIAL EXPRESSION ; cell lines ; pancreatic cancer ; CELL-GROWTH ; signaling ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; FAMILIES ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; independent growth ; ENHANCED EXPRESSION ; TGF-beta 1 ; HEPARAN-SULFATE PROTEOGLYCANS ; LEVEL ; pancreatic ; ASSAYS ; SULFATE ; downregulation ; lymph node ; LYMPH-NODE ; correlation ; VIEW ; DECREASED SURVIVAL ; activin ; bone morphogenic protein ; CONTROLS CELLULAR-RESPONSES ; glypican ; heparan sulfate proteoglycans ; SMAD PROTEINS
    Abstract: Glypican 1 (GPC1) is a cell surface heparan sulfate proteoglycan that acts as a co-receptor for heparin-binding growth factors as well as for members of the TGF-beta family. GPC1 plays a role in pancreatic cancer by regulating growth factor responsiveness. In view of the importance of members of the TGF-beta family in pancreatic cancer, in the present study, the role of GPC1 in TGF-beta, BMP and activin signaling was analyzed. Quantitative RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry were utilized to analyze GPC1 and TGF-beta, BMP and activin receptor expression levels. Panc-1 and T3M4 pancreatic cancer cells were transfected in a stable manner with a GPC1 antisense expression construct. Anchorage-dependent and -independent growth was determined by MTT and soft agar assays. TGF-beta 1, activin-A and BMP-2 responsiveness was determined by MTT assays and immunoblotting with p21, p-Smad1, and p-Smad2 antibodies. QRT-PCR demonstrated increased GPC1 mRNA levels in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) compared to normal pancreatic tissues (NPT), as described previously. There was a significant correlation between GPC1 mRNA levels and T beta RII, act-R1a, act-R1b, act-R2a, BMP-R1a, and BMP-R2 mRNA expression in NPT. In contrast, GPC1 mRNA expression correlated directly with act-R1a and BMP-R1a in NO PDAC cases and with act-R2a and BMP-R1a in lymph node positive cases. Down-regulation of GPC1 resulted in increased doubling time in Panc-1 but not in T3M4 cells, and decreased anchorage-independent growth in both cell lines. GPC1 down-regulation resulted in a slightly altered response towards TGF-beta 1, activin-A and BMP-2 in terms of growth, p21 induction and Smad2 phosphorylation. In conclusion, enhanced GPC1 expression correlates with BMP and activin receptors in pancreatic cancer. GPC1 down-regulation suppresses pancreatic cancer cell growth and slightly modifies signaling of members of the TGF-beta family of growth factors
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17016645
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  • 3
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; HEPATOCELLULAR-CARCINOMA ; PROTEIN ; TISSUE ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; CELL-LINES ; treatment ; hepatocellular carcinoma ; resistance ; AGE ; metastases ; NUDE-MICE ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; leukemia ; LINE ; MODULATION ; p53 ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; CARCINOMAS ; CISPLATIN ; CANCER PATIENTS ; cell lines ; CANCER-THERAPY ; protein expression ; P53 STATUS ; GEMCITABINE ; RE ; cancer therapy ; GENDER ; dexamethasone ; GLUCOCORTICOID-INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; NAUSEA ; HISTOLOGY ; corticosteroids ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; correlation ; GAMMA-IRRADIATION ; viability ; 5-FU ; xenograft
    Abstract: The glucocorticoid dexamethasone is frequently used as co-treatment in cytotoxic cancer therapy, e.g. to prevent nausea, to protect normal tissue or for other reasons. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and the supportive effects of glucocorticoids to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact to cytotoxic treatment of colorectal and hepatocellular carcinoma is unknown. We tested apoptosis-induction, viability, tumour growth and protein expression using 8 established cell lines, 18 surgical specimen and a xenograft on nude mice. In the presence of dexamethasone we found strong inhibition of apoptosis in response to 5-FU, cisplatin, gemcitabine or gamma-irradiation, enhanced viability and tumour growth of colorectal and hepatocellular carcinomas. No correlation with age, gender, histology, TNM, the p53 status and induction of therapy resistance by dexamethasone cotreatment could be detected. These data show that glucocorticoid-induced resistance occurs not occasionally but is common in colorectal and hepatocellular carcinomas implicating that the use of glucocorticoids may be harmful for cancer patients. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16338063
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  • 4
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; IN-VITRO ; carcinoma ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; GENE ; GENES ; LINES ; MICE ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; INDUCTION ; treatment ; 5-FLUOROURACIL ; prevention ; resistance ; AGE ; NUDE-MICE ; CELL-LINE ; chemotherapy ; LINE ; CARCINOMAS ; specificity ; CISPLATIN ; pancreatic cancer ; CANCER-THERAPY ; CYTOTOXICITY ; signaling ; GEMCITABINE ; RE ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; cancer therapy ; pancreatic ; GENDER ; dexamethasone ; GLUCOCORTICOID-INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; NAUSEA ; HISTOLOGY ; in vivo ; surgical resection
    Abstract: Background: Chemotherapy for pancreatic carcinoma often has severe side effects that limit its efficacy. The glucocorticoid (GC) dexamethasone (DEX) is frequently used as co-treatment to prevent side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea, for palliative purposes and to treat allergic reactions. While the potent pro-apoptotic properties and the supportive effects of GCs to tumour therapy in lymphoid cells are well studied, the impact of GCs to cytotoxic treatment of pancreatic carcinoma is unknown. Methods: A prospective study of DEX-mediated resistance was performed using a pancreatic carcinoma xenografted to nude mice, 20 surgical resections and 10 established pancreatic carcinoma cell lines. Antiapoptotic signaling in response to DEX was examined by Western blot analysis. Results: In vitro, DEX inhibited drug-induced apoptosis and promoted the growth in all of 10 examined malignant cells. Ex vivo, DEX used in physiological concentrations significantly prevented the cytotoxic effect of gemcitabine and cisplatin in 18 of 20 freshly isolated cell lines from resected pancreatic tumours. No correlation with age, gender, histology, TNM and induction of therapy resistance by DEX co-treatment could be detected. In vivo, DEX totally prevented cytotoxicity of chemotherapy to pancreatic carcinoma cells xenografted to nude mice. Mechanistically, DEX upregulated pro-survival factors and anti-apoptotic genes in established pancreatic carcinoma cells. Conclusion: These data show that DEX induces therapy resistance in pancreatic carcinoma cells and raise the question whether GC-mediated protection of tumour cells from cancer therapy may be dangerous for patients
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16539710
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  • 5
    Keywords: CANCER ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; TUMOR-CELLS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; neoplasms ; DIAGNOSIS ; NEW-YORK ; microarray ; transcription ; TISSUE ; DNA ; MICROARRAY DATA ; MUTATIONS ; Jun ; PHENOTYPE ; vimentin ; HEAD ; adenocarcinoma ; pathology ; BEHAVIOR ; MICROARRAY ANALYSIS ; expression profiling ; TUMOR CELLS ; DIFFERENTIAL-DIAGNOSIS ; CELL CARCINOMA ; OF-THE-LITERATURE ; pancreas ; review ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; AUTOPSY ; analysis ; pancreatic ; TUMOR-CELL ; GENOTYPE ; DNA-MICROARRAY ; USA ; pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma ; MYOEPITHELIAL CARCINOMA ; pancreatic neoplasm ; PSEUDOPAPILLARY TUMORS
    Abstract: Pancreatic neoplasms have been reliably classified on the basis of their histopathology and immunophenotype. In this study, we report on a pancreatic tumor whose phenotype and genotype could not be assigned to any known tumor entity. The tumor was observed in the pancreatic head of a 54-year-old woman. It was found to be a solid infiltrating carcinoma with abundant clear cells. Apart from cytokeratin, the tumor cells expressed vimentin, S100, and MUC-1. DNA microarray analysis revealed a transcription profile clearly differing from that of normal pancreatic tissue and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Despite metastatic behavior, the tumor displayed a more favorable course than conventional pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. We suggest that this tumor be called solid type clear cell carcinoma of the pancreas
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17453235
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  • 6
    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CELLS ; IN-VITRO ; tumor ; AGENTS ; carcinoma ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; INHIBITION ; THERAPY ; VITRO ; VIVO ; SAMPLES ; TUMORS ; TIME ; PATIENT ; INDUCTION ; cell cycle ; CELL-CYCLE ; CYCLE ; treatment ; PROGRESSION ; resistance ; INDUCED APOPTOSIS ; PLASMA ; prostate cancer ; PROSTATE-CANCER ; chemotherapy ; ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC-LEUKEMIA ; DERIVATIVES ; HEPATOMA-CELLS ; EPITHELIAL-CELLS ; CARCINOMAS ; PHARMACOKINETICS ; AGENT ; SINGLE ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; EX-VIVO ; SOLID TUMORS ; MEDIATED APOPTOSIS ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; LEVEL ; analysis ; methods ; PLASMA-LEVELS ; dexamethasone ; PROMOTION ; USA ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; prospective ; in vivo ; clinical study
    Abstract: Background: Glucocorticoids have been used widely in conjunction with cancer therapy due to their ability to induce apoptosis in hematological cells and to prevent nausea and emesis. However, recent data including ours, suggest induction of therapy resistance by glucocorticoids in solid tumors, although it is unclear whether this happens only in few carcinomas or is a more common cell type specific phenomenon. Material and Methods: We performed an overall statistical analysis of our new and recent data obtained with 157 tumor probes evaluated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo. The effect of glucocorticoids on apoptosis, viability and cell cycle progression under diverse clinically important questions was examined. Results: New in vivo results demonstrate glucocorticoid - induced chemotherapy resistance in xenografted prostate cancer. In an overall statistical analysis we found glucocorticoid - induced resistance in 89% of 157 analysed tumor samples. Resistance is common for several cytotoxic treatments and for several glucocorticoid - derivatives and due to an inhibition of apoptosis, promotion of viability and cell cycle progression. Resistance occurred at clinically achievable peak plasma levels of patients under anti - emetic glucocorticoid therapy and below, lasted for a long time, after one single dose, but was reversible upon removal of glucocorticoids. Two nonsteroidal alternative anti - emetic agents did not counteract anticancer treatment and may be sufficient to replace gluco corticoids in cotreatment of carcinoma patients. Conclusion: These data demonstrate the need for prospective clinical studies as well as for detailed mechanistic studies of GC - induced cell - type specific pro - and anti - apoptotic signalling
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17224649
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  • 7
    Keywords: CANCER ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; Germany ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; NEW-YORK ; PROTEIN ; SURGERY ; TIME ; PATIENT ; IMPACT ; prognosis ; NO ; PERFORMANCE ; PROGRESSION ; DIFFERENCE ; COUNTRIES ; RATES ; DATABASE ; RESECTION ; adenocarcinoma ; PREVALENCE ; pancreatic cancer ; MULTICENTER ; pancreas ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; WEIGHT ; LEVEL ; methods ; GASTROINTESTINAL CANCER ; USA ; CURATIVE RESECTION ; ANOREXIA ; cachexia ; ENERGY-EXPENDITURE ; HEMOGLOBIN ; DEATHS ; HEAD RESECTION ; nutritional status ; UBIQUITIN-DEPENDENT PROTEOLYSIS
    Abstract: Introduction Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in Western countries with a poor prognosis (5-year survival rates, 25% in patients after tumor resection with adjuvant treatment; overall, the 5-year survival rate is about 4%; Jemal et al., CA Cancer J Clin, 55:10-30, 2005). Many patients develop a cachectic status during the progression of the disease, and this syndrome accounts for up to 80% of deaths in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Remarkably, there are only a few data available on the impact of cachexia in patients with pancreatic cancer scheduled for tumor resection. Material and Methods Therefore, in this study, 227 consecutive patients with ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas were documented over an 18-month period regarding the prevalence of cachexia and its influence on perioperative morbidity and mortality with a special interest to postoperative weight gain and survival in a prospectively designed database and followed up. Results In 40.5% of the patients, cachexia was already present at the time of operation. The cachectic patients did present in a worse nutritional status, represented by lower protein, albumins, and hemoglobin levels. Despite no significant differences in tumor size, lymph node status, and CA19-9 levels, the resection rate in patients with cachexia was reduced (77.8% vs. 48.9%) due to a higher rate of metastatic disease in patients with cachexia. The morbidity and in-hospital mortality revealed no significant difference. However, patients with and without cachexia lost weight after operation, and the weight gain started not until 6 months after operation. The survival in patients with cachexia was significantly reduced in patients undergoing tumor resection as well as in palliative treated patients. Conclusion Cachexia has a significant impact on survival and performance status in palliative patients as well as in patients operated for pancreatic cancer. But tumor-related cachexia is not necessarily dependent on tumor size or load and that metastatic dedifferentiation of the tumor might be a critical step in the development of tumor-associated cachexia
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18347879
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  • 8
    Keywords: CANCER ; INVASION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; evaluation ; Germany ; CT ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; SPIRAL CT ; TOOL ; DISEASE ; TUMORS ; computed tomography ; RESOLUTION ; PATIENT ; primary ; NO ; METASTASIS ; adenocarcinoma ; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY ; sensitivity ; specificity ; VESSELS ; QUESTIONNAIRE ; pancreatic carcinoma ; HELICAL CT ; HYDRO-CT ; methods ; ROW CT ; CURVED PLANAR REFORMATIONS ; invasion score ; MULTISLICE SPIRAL CT ; resectability ; VASCULAR INVASION
    Abstract: Objective: It was the aim of this study to evaluate a new infiltration score to determine the resectability of pancreatic carcinomas in preoperative planning. Materials and Methods: Eighty patients with suspected pancreatic tumor were examined prospectively using 16-row spiral CT. The scans were evaluated for the presence of pancreatic carcinoma, peripancreatic tumor extension and vascular invasion using a standardized questionnaire. Invasion of the surgically relevant vessels was evaluated using a new invasion score. The operative and histological findings and the clinical follow-up served as the gold standard. Results: Forty patients had a pancreatic carcinoma, 5 had metastasis of a different primary tumor, and in 35 patients, there was no malignant pancreatic disease. The sensitivity for tumor detection was 100%, with a specificity of 88% for differentiating between malignant and benign pancreatic tumors. Invasion of the surrounding vessels was evaluated correctly using the invasion score, with a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 99%. In evaluation of resectability, a sensitivity of 94% and a specificity of 89% were achieved. Conclusion: Using 16-row spiral CT, the invasion score is a valid tool for correctly assessing invasion in relevant vessels in cases of pancreatic carcinoma and for determining resectability. Copyright (C) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel and IAP
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18434758
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  • 9
    Keywords: CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; tumor ; CELL ; Germany ; human ; DISTINCT ; GENES ; HYBRIDIZATION ; PROTEIN ; SAMPLE ; SAMPLES ; transcription ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; COMPLEX ; COMPLEXES ; primary ; renal ; colon ; RATS ; TISSUES ; CONTRAST ; DOWN-REGULATION ; BREAST ; BREAST-CANCER ; IDENTIFICATION ; IN-SITU ; immunohistochemistry ; MALIGNANCIES ; UP-REGULATION ; BRCA1 ; metastases ; CANCER-CELLS ; COLON-CANCER ; LOCALIZATION ; RT-PCR ; TRACT ; RECEPTORS ; pancreatic cancer ; chronic pancreatitis ; protein expression ; HUMAN TISSUES ; F ; in situ hybridization ; colon cancer ; TGF-BETA ; gastric cancer ; MAC30 ; PRIMARY TUMORS
    Abstract: Meningioma-associated protein, MAC30, is a protein with unknown function and cellular localization that is differentially expressed in certain malignancies. In the present study, the expression of MAC30 in a variety of normal and cancerous human gastrointestinal tissues, with special emphasis on pancreatic tissues was analyzed. Quantitative RT-PCR was utilized to compare MAC30 expression levels. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry were carried out to localize MAC30 mRNA and protein expression in normal and cancerous tissue samples of the esophagus, stomach, colon and pancreas. Furthermore, the effects of TGF-beta on the transcription of MAC30 mRNA were examined in pancreatic cancer cells. MAC30 mRNA was expressed in a wide variety of normal human tissues, being most abundant in testicular and gastric tissue samples. MAC30 mRNA levels were significantly increased in breast and colon cancer, but significantly decreased in pancreatic and renal cancer. TGF-beta down-regulated MAC30 mRNA levels in certain pancreatic cancer cells. MAC30 protein was localized in normal pancreatic tissues, mainly in acinar and islet cells, and in normal colon, gastric and esophageal tissues especially in the mucosal cells. MAC30 was strongly present in tubular complexes in pancreatic cancer tissues but weak to absent in pancreatic cancer cells of primary tumors and metastases. In contrast, esophageal, gastric and colon tumors displayed strong MAC30 immunoreactivity in the cancer cells. In conclusion, MAC30 is expressed in various normal and diseased human tissues. MAC30 up-regulation in certain tumors and down-regulation in others suggests that this protein plays a distinct role in human malignancies
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15375745
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  • 10
    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CANCER ; CANCER CELLS ; CELLS ; EXPRESSION ; GROWTH ; INVASION ; proliferation ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; carcinoma ; CELL-PROLIFERATION ; Germany ; human ; FOLLOW-UP ; DISEASE ; liver ; PROTEIN ; MOLECULES ; TISSUE ; TUMORS ; TIME ; PATIENT ; MARKER ; DONOR ; prognosis ; TISSUES ; MOLECULE ; BREAST-CANCER ; GLYCOPROTEIN ; IDENTIFICATION ; MALIGNANCIES ; METASTASIS ; metastases ; PCR ; CANCER-CELLS ; ADHESION ; MIGRATION ; CANCER-PATIENTS ; adenocarcinoma ; LIVER METASTASES ; CANCER PATIENTS ; HEALTHY ; pancreatic cancer ; chronic pancreatitis ; SERUM ; ELISA ; MALIGNANCY ; RECOMBINANT ; PANCREATIC-CANCER ; TUMOR-GROWTH ; DUCTAL ADENOCARCINOMA ; INCREASE ; extracellular matrix ; REAL-TIME ; cell adhesion ; cell proliferation ; LEVEL ; OSTEOPONTIN ; SERUM-LEVELS ; downregulation ; function ; BLOCKADE ; IMMUNOHISTOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS ; INVASIVENESS ; lymph node ; LYMPH-NODE ; PLASMA OSTEOPONTIN ; restricting ; serum marker
    Abstract: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma ( PDAC) is one of the most aggressive malignancies, with an overall 5-year survival rate of less than 5%. Invasive tumor growth and early metastasis are two important reasons for this dismal prognosis. Osteopontin ( OPN) is a secretory protein with a variety of functions, for example in cell adhesion and migration, inflammatory reaction and apoptosis. In this study the functional role of OPN in human pancreatic cancer and its potential use as a disease marker were analyzed. By real time quantitative PCR, there was a 2.2- fold and 1.6- fold increase of OPN mRNA in pancreatic cancers (n = 23) and chronic pancreatitis samples (n = 22), respectively, compared to normal pancreatic tissues (n = 20). Immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated OPN staining in 60% of the primary pancreatic tumors and in 72% of the lymph node and liver metastases. ELISA analysis of serum samples obtained from pancreatic cancer patients (n = 70), chronic pancreatitis patients (n = 12), and healthy donors (n = 20) showed a 1.6-fold increase in OPN serum levels in patients with tumors and a 1.9-fold increase in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Recombinant human OPN significantly increased the invasiveness of pancreatic cancer cells, without having any impact on cell proliferation. In addition, downregulation of OPN by specific siRNA molecules decreased pancreatic cancer cell invasion. In conclusion, OPN serum levels in pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis patients are not significantly different, thereby restricting its role as a prognostic or follow-up marker. Our results do suggest, however, that blockade of OPN might be useful as a therapeutic approach to inhibit invasion and metastasis of pancreatic cancer cells
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15970685
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