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Title: Expression of carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX), a hypoxia-related protein, rather than vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a pro-angiogenic factor, correlates with an extremely poor prognosis in esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas
Authors: Driessen, Ann ×
Landuyt, Willy
Pastorekova, Sylvia
Moons, Johnny
Goethals, Laurence
Haustermans, Karin
Nafteux, Philippe
Penninckx, Freddy
Geboes, Karel
Lerut, Antoon
Ectors, Nadine #
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Series Title: Annals of Surgery vol:243 issue:3 pages:334-40
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the expression of carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) and vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas and in turn with the histologic subtype. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Tumor hypoxia is an important factor in therapy resistance. A low oxygen concentration in tumors stimulates a.o. the expression of CA IX, a marker of hypoxia, and VEGF, a pro-angiogenic factor. METHODS: We evaluated the immunohistochemical expression of CA IX and VEGF on paraffin-embedded material of 154 resection specimens: 39 esophageal, 73 cardiac, and 42 distal gastric adenocarcinomas (UICC classification). The adenocarcinomas were subtyped according to the Lauren classification (intestinal- and diffuse-type). STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: chi test, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, log-rank test, and Cox proportional hazards model. RESULTS: CA IX and VEGF expression were independent of the localization of the tumor. However, intestinal-type adenocarcinomas showed a significantly higher expression of CA IX as well as VEGF than diffuse-type tumors. VEGF expression was associated with a high microvessel density. Although survival analysis showed that CA IX expression (P = 0.008) as well as the coexpression of CA IX and VEGF (P = 0.008) correlate with a poor outcome, only CA IX expression is an independent prognostic factor for overall survival and metastasis-free survival. CONCLUSION: The difference in expression of CA IX and VEGF between intestinal- and diffuse-type adenocarcinomas may possibly explain the different clinical behavior of these tumors. CA IX expression, rather than VEGF positivity in tumors, enables the identification of a subpopulation, characterized by a more aggressive behavior and a poorer prognosis.
ISSN: 0003-4932
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Translational Cell & Tissue Research
Laboratory of Experimental Radiotherapy
Abdominal Surgical Oncology
Thoracic Surgery
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