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    ABSTRACT: Podoplanin is a mucin-like glycoprotein expressed in the lymphatic endothelium. It has been suggested to play a role in lymphangiogenesis, since podoplanin deficient mice were found to have dilated malfunctioning lymphatic vessels and lymphedema. High podoplanin expression in tumor cells was found to correlate with lymph node metastasis and poor clinical outcome in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). However, the prognostic significance of podoplanin expression in esophageal SCC remains unexplored. Herein, we studied podoplanin expression in 59 patients who underwent surgical resection of esophageal SCC, with 43 of them preceded by preoperative concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). We found that high podoplanin expression strongly correlated with clinical nodal metastasis (cN1; p=0.0063), which was associated with short survival (p=0.012). However, there was no direct association between high podoplanin expression and short survival. We also found that lymphatic vessel invasion in the resected esophagus was strongly associated with pathological nodal metastasis (pN1; p=0.00092). Our results suggest that podoplanin could also play a role in tumor aggressiveness in esophageal SCC, as well as in oral SCC.
    Histology and histopathology 09/2009; 24(8):1021-7. · 2.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Complementary DNA microarrays have identified aberrantly expressed genes in patients with gastric cancer. One that encodes secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) is among the aberrantly expressed genes and is associated with metastasis in gastric cancers. We evaluated the potential of SLPI expression as a helpful biomarker for detection of gastric cancer. Tumor tissue and matching noncancerous mucosa were obtained from 60 patients immediately after gastric resection. SLPI expression levels were determined by Northern and Western blot tests and quantitative-reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (Q-RT-PCR). Paraffin-fixed tumor tissues were used for immunohistochemistry study in 119 patients. A consistent result was obtained between all examinations except plasma SLPI. SLPI mRNA transcripts and protein were overexpressed in gastric cancer cells, and the depth of wall invasion was significantly greater in serosa-invading (T3 and T4) cancers compared to the serosa-free (T1 and T2) cancers. These enhanced expressions were significantly associated with lymph node metastasis, and were significantly higher in stages III and IV, and higher than those in stages I and II. Five-year survival of patients with lower expression of the SLPI gene was significantly better than among patients with a higher expression. To better understand the function of SLPI in human gastric cancer cells, isogenic SLPI overexpressing cell lines (AZ521) were prepared. The migratory and invasive abilities were increased 4.4-fold to 6.9-fold, or 3.0-fold to 4.1-fold, respectively, in SLPI-overexpressing cell lines. The results point to SLPI as a potential prognostic marker for gastric cancer and its function in cell invasion.
    International Journal of Cancer 11/2008; 123(8):1787-96. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Adrenal cystic lesions are uncommon and we analyzed clinical and pathologic features of 25 such cases from a single institute over 23 years. There were 16 pseudocysts, eight endothelial cysts, and one epithelial cyst. Seven of eight endothelial cysts were confirmed to be lymphangiomatous by D2-40 immunostaining. We suggest that pseudocysts and endothelial cysts may have different histogenesis. The proposed mesothelial origin of adrenal epithelial cyst cannot be confirmed in our example. Seven adrenal pseudocysts were associated with tumor, including two pheochromocytomas, one neuroblastoma, one adrenal cortical carcinoma, one adrenal cortical adenoma, one myelolipoma, and one schwannoma. The distinction of true cystic lesion from cystic neoplasm is important and requires thorough sampling of the specimens.
    Endocrine Pathology 11/2008; 19(4):274-81. · 1.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thymic lymphoepitheliomalike carcinoma (LELC) in children is extremely rare and we report 2 such cases with molecular analysis of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and its encoded latent membrane protein-1 as well as a literature review. Both of our patients were male, presented with a huge anterior mediastinal mass, expired within a year after diagnosis despite treatment. There were altogether 9 cases of thymic LELC in children. Their common clinical features include a male predominance, large tumor size, advanced clinical stage, and poor clinical outcome. All cases were associated with EBV and nearly half developed concurrent hypertrophic osteoarthropathy (HOA). Thymic LELC in children is an aggressive EBV-associated malignant tumor frequently accompanied by HOA. We proposed that EBV might play a role in the development of HOA through the interactions of latent membrane protein-1, vascular endothelial growth factor, and cyclooxygenases-2.
    Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 01/2007; 28(12):785-90. · 0.97 Impact Factor