Association between increased tumor necrosis factor alpha levels and acquired activated protein C resistance in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer

Patrizia Ferroni, Silvia Riondino, Ilaria Portarena, Vincenzo Formica, Francesca La Farina, Francesca Martini, Gioia Massimiani, Raffaele Palmirotta, Fiorella Guadagni, Mario Roselli

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible association between tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) levels and defects in the activated protein C (APC) system as a determinant of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in metastatic colorectal cancer patients (mCRC) undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: TNF-α levels (measured by immunoassay) and abnormalities in the APC system [evaluated by an APC-dependent thrombin generation assay (ThromboPath - ThP)] were evaluated in 45 mCRC patients undergoing chemotherapy. VTE events were recorded during follow-up. Results: TNF-α levels were increased (p <0.01), and APC functionality was decreased (p <0.0001) in mCRC patients compared to age- and sex-matched controls. An inverse correlation was observed between TNF-α and APC impairment in mCRC (p <0.0001). TNF-α was confirmed as an independent predictor (p = 0.007) for APC abnormalities at multivariate regression analysis. Nine (20 %) of 45 mCRC patients experienced VTE during chemotherapy. Bayesian analysis of combined ThP/TNF-α showed a positive predictive value of 0.67 in predicting VTE (p = 0.01). Cox proportional hazards survival analysis confirmed the predictive value of combined ThP/TNF-α determination in VTE risk assessment of mCRC patients (either negative vs. both positive: HR = 0.02; p = 0.001), and Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated that mCRC patients with either negative TNF-α or ThP values prior to chemotherapy were less likely to experience VTE (13 %) than patients with abnormalities of both markers (67 %, p = 0.002). Conclusions: These results suggest that the host inflammatory response to cancer cells and/or tumor-derived cytokines could be responsible for an impairment of the APC system and a switch toward a pro-thrombotic state, which might predispose to the occurrence of VTE in mCRC patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1561-1567
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease
Volume27
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Activated protein C
  • Metastatic colorectal cancer
  • Tumor necrosis factor alpha
  • Venous thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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