Background: A reliable and accessible biomarker for nonfunctioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NF-PanNET) is currently unavailable. Chromogranin A (CgA) represents the best-described neuroendocrine biomarker, but its accuracy is low. Vasostatin-1 (VS-1), a fragment derived from the cleavage of CgA, was recently investigated and found to be more accurate as tumor biomarker in a cohort of patients affected by mainly metastatic small intestinal NET. Methods: Patients submitted to surgery for sporadic localized NF-PanNET at San Raffaele Hospital were included. Preoperative plasma samples were prospectively collected. Circulating levels of total-CgA and VS-1 were retrospectively investigated by sandwich Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbent Assays. Results: Overall, 50 patients were included. VS-1 value (P=0.0001) was the only preoperatively retrievable factor independently associated with NF-PanNET size. No significant correlation between CgA and tumor diameter was found (P = 0.057). A VS-1 value of 0.39 nM was identified as the optimal VS-1 cut-off accurately associated with NF-PanNET larger than 4 cm. Patients with VS-1 > 0.39 nM had a significantly higher frequency of microvascular invasion (P = 0.005) and nodal metastasis (P = 0.027). Median VS-1 plasma level was significantly higher in the presence of microvascular invasion (P = 0.001) and nodal metastasis (P = 0.012). PPI assumption significantly increased total-CgA levels, but not those of VS-1 (P = 0.111). Conclusions: In localized, non-metastatic NF-PanNET, VS-1 is strongly associated to tumor dimension and its plasma levels are significantly higher in the presence of microvascular invasion and nodal metastases; moreover, VS-1 value is not affected by the PPI use.
- Chromogranin A
- Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism