Lymph node CEA and MUC2 mRNA as useful predictors of outcome in colorectal cancer
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0020-7136, E-ISSN 1097-0215, Vol. 130, no 8, 1833-1843 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to explore the utility for staging and prognostic impact of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), cytokeratin 20 (CK20), guanylyl cyclase C (GCC), CUB domain protein 1 (CDCP1) and mucin 2 (MUC2) mRNA levels in mesenteric lymph nodes of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Lymph nodes were collected at surgery and bisected; one half was subjected to biomarker mRNA analysis using real-time quantitative RT-PCR and the other half to routine histopathology. Lymph nodes from 174 CRC patients and 24 controls were analyzed. The median follow-up time was 59 (range 17-131) months. Cut-off levels were defined by analyzing quintiles by Cox regression model. CEA mRNA showed the best discriminating power between patients with recurrence in CRC after surgery and patients who were apparently disease-free (P=0.015). The risk of recurrence for the CEA(+) patients was 4.6 times greater than for the CEA(-) patients (P<0.0001). The other biomarkers gave lower hazard ratios. Cumulative survival analysis demonstrated that the average survival time was 99 months for CEA(-) patients compared to 39 months for CEA(+) patients, a difference of 60 months (P<0.0001). Six to nine percent of the stage I and II patients [H&E(-)] had CEA(+), CK20(+), GCC(+) and/or MUC2(+) lymph nodes. Two of these patients died from recurrent CRC. Low lymph node MUC2/CEA mRNA ratio identified patients with high risk for recurrence (P=0.011). Thus, qRT-PCR of CEA mRNA is a sensitive method to identify tumor cells in lymph nodes of CRC patients and, in combination with MUC2 mRNA, allows improved prediction of clinical outcome. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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2012. Vol. 130, no 8, 1833-1843 p.
Cancer and Oncology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49812DOI: 10.1002/ijc.26182PubMedID: 21618511OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-49812DiVA: diva2:457660