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    ABSTRACT: The expression of P-cadherin, one of the Ca(2+)-dependent cell-cell adhesion molecules, in human gastric carcinomas was examined by Northern blotting, Western blotting and immunohistochemistry. P-cadherin mRNA was expressed in all the gastric carcinoma tissues examined, whereas no message was detected in non-neoplastic mucosa. By Western-blot analysis, P-cadherin protein was expressed in 83% and 29% of the well-differentiated and poorly differentiated gastric adenocarcinomas, respectively, the incidence being significantly different. Immunohistochemically, P-cadherin immunoreactivity was localized on the cell surface or the cell-to-cell borders of well-differentiated adenocarcinomas. P-cadherin was not detected in Borrmann's type-4 or scirrhous carcinomas where the tumor cells proliferate diffusely with productive fibrosis. The level of P-cadherin expression in stage-2 carcinomas was significantly higher than in stage-I carcinomas. In the case of patients in stages 2 to 4, however, the level of P-cadherin expression decreased as the stage progressed, the difference between stages 2 and 3 and between stages 3 and 4 being significant. Our findings suggest that P-cadherin might play an important role in the development of well-differentiated gastric adenocarcinomas and the decreased expression of P-cadherin might be responsible for the infiltrative growth and progression of gastric carcinomas.
    International Journal of Cancer 05/1993; 54(1):49-52. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The expression of P-cadherin, one of the Ca2+-dependent cell-cell adhesion molecules, in human gastric carcinomas was examined by Northern blotting, Western blotting and immuno-histochemistry. P-cadherin mRNA was expressed in all the gastric carcinoma tissues examined, whereas no message was detected in non-neoplastic mucosa. By Western-blot analysis, P-cadherin protein was expressed in 83% and 29% of the well-differentiated and poorly differentiated gastric adenocarcinomas, respectively, the incidence being significantly different. Immunohistochemically, P-cadherin immunoreactivity was localized on the cell surface or the cell-to-cell borders of well-differentiated adenocarcinomas. P-cadherin was not detected in Borrmann's type-4 or scirrhous carcinomas where the tumor cells proliferate diffusely with productive fibrosis. The level of P-cadherin expression in stage-2 carcinomas was significantly higher than in stage-1 carcinomas. In the case of patients in stages 2 to 4, however, the level of P-cadherin expression decreased as the stage progressed, the difference between stages 2 and 3 and between stages 3 and 4 being significant. Our findings suggest that P-cadherin might play an important role in the development of well-differentiated gastric adenocarcinomas and the decreased expression of P-cadherin might be responsible for the infiltrative growth and progression of gastric carcinomas.
    International Journal of Cancer 04/1993; 54(1):49 - 52. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The expression of transforming growth factor alpha (TGF-alpha) was examined in various human tissues and the fetus, using immunohistochemistry and Northern blot analysis. TGF-alpha immunoreactivity was detected mainly in the epithelial cells of the digestive tract, liver, pancreas, kidney, thyroid, adrenal, skin, mammary gland and genital organs. In the digestive tract, epithelial cells with regenerative change or hyperplastic change showed strong immunoreactivity to TGF-alpha. Peripheral nerve, vessels, megakaryocytes and macrophages in the lung and spleen were also positive for TGF-alpha. By Northern blot analysis the expression of TGF-alpha mRNA was confirmed in the digestive tract, salivary gland, thyroid, kidney and mammary gland. In the human fetus, the nerve tissues, liver, adrenal and kidney were positive for TGF-alpha. Strong immunoreactivity to TGF-alpha was observed in the hepatocytes of the fetus. These findings indicate that TGF-alpha is produced by a variety of non-neoplastic cells in both adult and fetal tissues.
    Virchows Archiv. A, Pathological anatomy and histopathology 02/1992; 421(6):513-9.