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    ABSTRACT: Apoptosis is an active process regulated by a variety of genes. Recently, the molecular cloning, physical mapping and expression analysis of a novel gene of the Bcl-2 family, BCL2L12, was reported. Expression analysis of the BCL2L12 gene in breast cancer confirmed an association of BCL2L12 with favorable prognosis of patients. In the present study, the expression of the BCL2L12 gene was analyzed in colon cancer by RT-PCR. Two transcripts, BCL2L12 and BCL2L12-A, were overexpressed in the cancer tissues as compared to their paired normal mucosa. An association was found between BCL2L12-A transcript expression and nodal status, as well as Dukes' stage. The BCL2L12-A transcript appears to be of importance for colon cancer since its expression is associated with disease progression.
    Biological Chemistry 10/2004; 385(9):779-83. · 2.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lysosomal proteinases, cathepsin B (CB) and cathepsin D (CD) have been implicated in the progression of several human tumors. In the present study, the antigen levels of CB and CD, and their immunohistochemical staining were compared in paired colorectal tumors (n =64) and background colon tissue of the same patients with clinicopathological staging. The antigen levels, were found to be significantly higher in cancer tissue (mean 35.79 ng/mg protein for CB and 3.97 ng/mg protein for CD) than in corresponding normal mucosa (24.62 ng/mg protein for CB and 2.69 ng/mg protein for CD). CB antigen levels were positively correlated with differentiation grade and Duke's stage (P < 0.001 and P = 0.041, respectively), but not correlated with nodal status. CD antigen levels were not correlated with the previous parameters. Staining intensity for both antigens increased from adenoma to adenocarcinoma. The degree of staining for CB and CD was associated with differentiation grade (P = 0.004 and 0.001, respectively), Dukes' stage (P = 0.002 and 0.001, respectively) and lymph node involvement (P = 0.002 and P < 0.001, respectively).
    Cancer Letters 04/2004; 205(1):97-106. · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the advances in the medical care of colorectal carcinoma patients, the prognosis has improved only marginally over recent decades. Thus, additional prognostic indicators would be of great clinical value to select patients for adjuvant therapy. In the present study, the antigen levels of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and its inhibitor PAI-1, and their immunohistochemical staining were compared in paired colorectal tumor (n = 64) and background colon tissue of the same patients with clinical and pathological staging. The antigen levels, measured with an ELISA method, were found to be significantly higher in cancer tissue (mean 1.92 ng/mg protein for uPA and 7.08 for PAI-1) than in corresponding normal mucosa (0.29 ng/mg protein for uPA and 1.11 ng/mg protein for PAI-1). There was a positive correlation between uPA and PAI-1 antigen levels and clinicopathological parameters such as grade (p < 0.001 and p = 0.01, respectively), while for Dukes' stage, only PAI-1 correlated positively (p = 0.018). Nodal status correlated positively with uPA but not with PAI-1 antigen levels. Immunohistochemical localization of both antigens was observed mainly in cancer cells and much less in stromal cells. Staining intensity increased from adenoma to adenocarcinoma. The degree of staining was associated with grade, Dukes' stage and nodal status for uPA (p < 0.001, p = 0.002, p < 0.001, respectively) and only with grade for PAI-1 (p = 0.007).
    Tumor Biology 01/2002; 23(3):170-8. · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Proteolytic enzymes, such as type IV collagenases (MMP-2 gelatinase A, 72-kD type IV collagenase and MMP-9 gelatinase B, 92-kD type IV collagenase) play an important role in tumor invasion and metastasis. In the present study the levels of MMP-2 antigenic concentration and immunohistochemical staining were compared in paired colorectal tumor (n = 64) and background colon tissue of the same patients with clinical and pathological staging. The antigenic concentrations were found to be statistically significantly higher in cancer tissue (mean 11.29 ng/mg protein) than in corresponding normal mucosa (10.23 ng/mg protein) (p = 0.008). There was also a positive correlation between MMP-2 antigenic concentration and clinicopathologic parameters such as grade (p < 0.001) and Dukes' stage (p = 0.001), but not with lymph node involvement. Immunohistological localization of MMP-2 was observed in tumor as well as in stromal cells. Staining intensity increased from adenoma to adenocarcinoma. The degree of staining was associated with grade (p < 0.001), Dukes' stage (p < 0.001) and lymph node involvement (p < 0.001).
    Tumor Biology 01/2001; 22(6):383-9. · 2.84 Impact Factor