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    ABSTRACT: The potential value of microRNAs (miRNAs) as prognostic biomarkers are of interest. It is known that microRNA-21 (miR-21) is implicated in the promotion, proliferation and progression of several types of human cancers. However, the prognostic significance of miR-21 in each tumor stage of colorectal cancer (CRC) remains elusive. The objective of this study was to clarify the prognostic value of miR-21 for CRC patients at each tumor stage. The expression levels of miR-21 in the tumor tissues and normal adjacent tumor tissues of 306 CRC patients were determined by TaqMan microRNA assays. In order to clarify the miRNA profile in CRC tissues, miRNA arrays were examined. In this analysis, miR-21, miR-224, miR-96, miR-31 and miR-155 showed marked upregulation, and miR-21 showed the highest level. Upon comparison of clinicopathological factors, miR-21 expression showed significant association with depth of invasion, lymphatic and venous invasion, liver metastasis and Dukes' stage. In the Kaplan-Meier survival curve analysis of all patients, overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rates of the patients with high miR-21 expression were significantly worse than these rates in patients with low miR-21 expression. In the Kaplan-Meier analysis of each tumor stage, the DFS of patients with high miR-21 expression was significantly worse than patients with low miR-21 levels in Dukes' stage A tumors. In Dukes' stage B and C, patients with high miR-21 expression showed a significantly worse OS and DFS than patients with low miR-21 expression. In Dukes' stage D, patients with high miR-21 expression showed a significantly worse OS than patients with low miR-21 expression. In the Cox multivariate analysis, it was shown that miR-21 expressions in CRC tissues is an independent prognostic factor in Dukes' stage B, C and D. In conclusion, miR-21 expression may be a valuable biomarker for prediction of poor prognosis in CRC patients with Dukes' stage B, C and D.
    Oncology reports. 11/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The safety of laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer following chemoradiotherapy (CRT) has not been fully established. The aim of our retrospective study was to examine the outcomes and the factors contributing to the difficulty of laparoscopic surgery after CRT. Eighty-seven consecutive rectal cancer patients treated with CRT were analyzed. Clinicopathological factors were compared between laparoscopic surgery (n = 57) and open surgery (n = 30) groups, and factors that correlated with operation time and blood loss were analyzed in low anterior resection (LAR) cases in the laparoscopic surgery group (n = 46). There was less blood loss in the laparoscopic surgery group than in the open surgery group (191 vs. 1,043 ml, p = 0.0001), and the operation time in the two groups was similar (329 vs. 322 min, p = 0.8). The rate of conversion from laparoscopic surgery to open surgery was 1.8 %. There was no significant difference in the morbidity rate (laparoscopic surgery 22.8 % vs. open surgery 33.3 %, p = 0.3). All circumferential resection margins were clear. Three-year cumulative rates of local recurrence were as follows: laparoscopic surgery: 1.9 % vs. open surgery: 8.4 % (p = 0.4), and distant recurrence was 28.5 % in laparoscopic surgery vs. 22.7 % in open surgery (p = 0.8) and these rates were not significantly different. In laparoscopic LAR cases, a shorter distance of the tumor from the anal verge was associated with a longer operation time. A high computed tomography Hounsfield units value of the mesorectum (CTV) was associated with increased blood loss in the first 23 cases, but not in the other 23 cases. Laparoscopic surgery following CRT was safe and feasible. A shorter anal verge was associated with a longer operation time. Blood loss increased in cases with high CTV, but this can likely be mitigated by experience.
    Techniques in Coloproctology 09/2013; · 1.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The response of rectal cancer to preoperative chemoradiotherapy (PRT) varies widely among patients, and predictors of the response remain to be elucidated. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether radiation-induced apoptosis (RIA) of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) reflects the underlying intrinsic radiosensitivity of rectal cancer. Forty-one patients with clinical T3-4, M0 low rectal cancers, treated with PRT and curative surgery, were retrospectively studied. PBLs were obtained from blood samples of the patients, irradiated at 0, 2, 8, and 16 Gy in vitro, and analyzed for RIA by flow cytometry using Annexin V (AV) and propidium iodide (PI). The correlation of the RIA of PBLs and histological regression of rectal cancer in response to PRT was examined. Both the proportions of AV+/PI- PBLs (early apoptosis) and AV+/PI + PBLs (late apoptosis) were significantly higher in patients with high histological regression than in those with low histological regression. Age, sex, tumor size, and clinical T and N stages did not affect the RIA of PBLs. This study showed that the RIA of PBLs is correlated with the histological regression of rectal cancer in response to PRT and suggested that the radiosensitivity of rectal cancer might be estimated by the RIA of PBLs.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 09/2011; 19(4):1192-8. · 4.12 Impact Factor