Plasma concentrations of Ang-1, Ang-2 and Tie-2 in gastric cancer.
Summary of "Plasma concentrations of Ang-1, Ang-2 and Tie-2 in gastric cancer."
Background/Aim: Ang-1 and Ang-2 have both been identified as ligands for Tie-2, a receptor expressed on endothelial cells (EC). They play critical roles in angiogenesis, in concert with VEGF. Ang-1-binding to Tie-2 maintains and stabilizes mature vessels by promoting interactions between EC and the surrounding extra-cellular matrix. However, Ang-2 shows context-dependent, proangiogenic and antiangiogenic activities. Despite the rapidly accumulating histopathological data reporting differences in the expression of members of the Ang family on the surface of various normal and tumour cells, data for these growth factors in plasma from cancer patients, including gastric cancer, remain scarce. The aims of the present study were to measure the plasma concentrations of Ang-1, Ang-2 and Tie-2 in gastric cancer patients, and to assess the correlation between the concentrations of these factors and the stage of the tumor. Patients and Methods: The study cohort consisted of 50 patients (33 male, 17 female) with gastric cancer, ranging in age from 38 to 74 years (mean age 55.3±12.4), and 50 sex- and age-matched, healthy controls. Determinations of Ang-1, Ang-2 and Tie-2 were performed using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. Results: Concentrations of Ang-2 and Tie-2 were significantly higher in patients with gastric cancer than controls, while concentrations of Ang-1 were not statistically different between the groups. Concentrations of Ang-1, Ang-2 and Tie-2 were not statistically significantly different in gastric cancer patients with different stages of disease. Conclusion: Ang-2 and Tie-2 plasma concentrations might be useful, additional tumor markers in gastric cancer.
Karaelmas University, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Zonguldak-Turkey.
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Name: European cytokine network
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22449617
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1684/ecn.2012.0301
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