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    ABSTRACT: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are one of the major classes of proteolytic enzymes involved in tumor invasion and metastasis, being inhibited by naturally occurring tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). We examined mRNA expression for MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, MT1-MMP, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2 in human gastric adenocarcinoma tissues, and the correlation between their expression and clinicopathological variables. Gastric tissue samples from 72 patients with gastric adenocarcinoma were available for this study. To determine mRNA expression for MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, MT1-MMP, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2, semiquantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was carried out on tumor and normal tissues, respectively. Mean MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, MT1-MMP, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2 mRNA expression in the gastric adenocarcinomas was significantly higher than in the normal tissue. In terms of the invasion of the tumor, lymph node metastasis, and tumor stage of gastric adenocarcinoma, the differences in MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, and MT1-MMP mRNA expression levels were significant. MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, MT1-MMP, TIMP-1, and TIMP-2 mRNA expression did not differ significantly in relation to histological type of gastric adenocarcinoma. The correlation between the increased expression of MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-9, and MTI-MMP and clinicopathological parameters reflects a role in predicting the aggressive behavior of gastric cancer.
    Journal of Surgical Oncology 03/2011; 103(3):243-7. · 2.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reports of clinicopathological features and prognosis in patients with mucinous gastric carcinoma (MGC) are conflicting. The aim was to describe the clinicopathological features and prognosis of patients with MGC in comparison with nonmucinous gastric carcinoma (NMGC). We reviewed the records of 1,278 consecutive patients diagnosed with gastric carcinoma who were resected surgically from 1993 to 2003. Among them, 48 patients (3.8%) with MGC were compared to 1,230 patients with NMGC. There were significant differences in tumor location, stage of disease, lymphatic invasion, and vascular invasion between the patients with MGC and NMGC. The overall 5-year survival of patients with MGC was 27.2% as compared with 42.8% for patients with NMGC (P = 0.031). For the patients with the same stage, there was no significant difference between MGC and NMGC. With respect to patients with MGC, multivariate analysis showed that lymph node metastasis and curative resection were significant factors affecting survival. MGC is rare and detected mostly in an advanced stage. Mucinous histology type itself is not an independent prognostic factor.
    Journal of Surgical Oncology 07/2010; 102(1):64-7. · 2.64 Impact Factor