J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jan 21;12(3):415-9. Childs
Nerv Syst. 2006
Feb 18; [Epub ahead of print] Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Feb 15;12(4):1088-96.
Analysis of p53 and vascular endothelial growth factor expression in human gallbladder carcinoma for the determination of tumor vascularity.
Tian Y, Ding RY, Zhi YH, Guo RX, Wu SD.
Department of General Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital,
AIM:To examine the expression of p53 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as well as microvessel count (MVC) and to investigate the role of VEGF as an angiogenic marker and the possible role of p53 in the regulation of angiogenesis in human gallbladder carcinoma.METHODS:Surgically resected specimens of 49 gallbladder carcinomas were studied by immunohistochemical staining for p53 protein, VEGF, and factor VIII-related antigen. VEGF expression and mutant p53 expression were then correlated with Nevin stage, differentiation grade, MVC, and lymph node metastasis.RESULTS:Positive p53 protein and VEGF expressions were found in 61.2% and 63.3% of tumors, respectively. p53 and VEGF staining status was identical in 55.1% of tumors. The Nevin staging of p53- or VEGF-positive tumors was significantly later than that of negative tumors. The MVC in p53- or VEGF-positive tumors was significantly higher than that in negative tumors, and MVC in both p53- and VEGF-negative tumors was significantly lower than that in the other subgroups.CONCLUSION:Our findings suggest that p53-VEGF pathway can regulate tumor angiogenesis in human gallbladder carcinoma. Combined analysis of p53 and VEGF expression might be useful for predicting the tumor vascularity of gallbladder cancer.
PMID: 16489641 [PubMed - in process]
Biological activity of paediatric cerebral cavernomas: an immunohistochemical study of 28 patients.
Tirakotai W, Fremann S, Soerensen N, Roggendorf W, Siegel AM, Mennel HD, Zhu Y, Bertalanffy H, Sure U.
Department of Neurosurgery,
OBJECTIVE: According to the hypothesis that paediatric cerebral cavernomas may have different biological activity compared to adult cavernomas, immunohistochemical analysis was used to elucidate the biological nature of paediatric cavernomas. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined the histological features and the proliferative and angiogenic capacity of the tissue specimens acquired from 28 paediatric patients. Normal paediatric brain tissues obtained from paediatric autopsy cases were used as a control group. The proliferative activity of the endothelium and the neoangiogenetic capacity were investigated by immunohistochemistry for proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), Ki-67 epitope (MIB-1), Flk-1 receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1 alpha, and endoglin antibody, respectively. Afterwards, the results of the paediatric lesions were analysed and compared with the correspondent values of previously reported immunohistochemical analysis in adult cavernomas. RESULTS: Positive immunostaining of VEGF was detected significantly less in paediatric cavernomas compared to adult cases (p<0.05). In contrast, endoglin, a protein that is upregulated during an increased vascular shear stress, was expressed more often in paediatric cavernomas (p<0.05). Neither the expression of the PCNA nor the expression of the HIF-1alpha was found significantly different between paediatric and adult cavernomas. However, the positive immunoreaction for MIB-1 occurred more often in the paediatric cases (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: The immunohistochemical study indicates that paediatric cavernomas are dynamic lesions. The VEGF/Flk-1 associated neoangiogenesis may play a minor role for the biology of paediatric cavernomas, while endoglin seems to act more prominently than previously thought, particularly for the biology of paediatric cavernomas.
PMID: 16489474 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
The role of interleukin 1 in growth and metastasis of human cancer xenografts.
Elaraj DM, Weinreich DM, Varghese S, Puhlmann M, Hewitt SM, Carroll NM, Feldman ED, Turner EM, Alexander HR.
Authors' Affiliations: Surgical Metabolism Section, Surgery Branch, and Laboratory of Pathology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute,
Background: Interleukin 1 (IL-1) is a pluripotent cytokine that promotes angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis in experimental models; its presence in some human cancers is associated with aggressive tumor biology. The purpose of these studies was to characterize the role of IL-1 in human cancers and determine if inhibition of IL-1 via its receptor antagonist, IL-1Ra, alters tumor growth and metastatic potential.Methods: IL-1 mRNA or protein levels were determined in clinical tumor samples, cancer cell lines, and xenografts using quantitative reverse transcription-PCR or ELISA. Biological activity of tumor-derived IL-1 protein was shown via induction of permeability across endothelial cell monolayers. The effects of recombinant IL-1Ra on tumor lines in culture (cell proliferation and IL-8 secretion) and in xenograft models (tumor growth, metastatic potential, and intratumoral levels of IL-8 and VEGF) were characterized. The effects of IL-1Ra-mediated regression of xenograft growth on angiogenic proteins (IL-8 and VEGF) were evaluated in an IL-1-producing melanoma (SMEL) xenograft model.RESULTS: IL-1 mRNA was highly expressed in more than half of all tested metastatic human tumor specimens including non-small-cell lung carcinoma, colorectal adenocarcinoma, and melanoma tumor samples. Constitutive IL-1 mRNA expression was identified in several cancer cell lines; tumor supernatant from these cell lines produced a significant increase in endothelial cell monolayer permeability, a hallmark event in early angiogenesis, in an IL-1-dependent manner. Moreover, systemic recombinant IL-1Ra resulted in significant inhibition of xenograft growth and neovessel density of IL-1-producing, but not non-IL-1-producing, tumor cell lines. Subsequent analysis of SMEL, a melanoma cell line with constitutive IL-1 production, showed that neither exogenous IL-1 nor IL-1Ra altered tumor cell proliferation rates in vitro. Gene expression analyses of IL-1Ra-treated SMEL xenografts showed a >3-fold down-regulation of 100 genes compared with control including a marked down-regulation of IL-8 and VEGF.CONCLUSIONS: These data show that the IL-1 gene is frequently expressed in metastases from patients with several types of human cancers. IL-1Ra inhibits xenograft growth in IL-1-producing tumors but has no direct antiproliferative effects in vitro; decreased tumor levels of IL-8 and VEGF may be an early surrogate of IL-1Ra-mediated antitumor activity. IL-1Ra may have a role alone or with other agents in the treatment of human cancers.
PMID: 16489061 [PubMed - in process]
World J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jan 21;12(3):415-9.
Childs Nerv Syst. 2006 Feb 18; [Epub ahead of print]
Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Feb 15;12(4):1088-96.