Mast cells density positive to tryptase correlate with microvascular density in both primary gastric cancer tissue and loco-regional lymph node metastases from patients that have undergone radical surgery

Michele Ammendola, Rosario Sacco, Valeria Zuccalà, Maria Luposella, Rosa Patruno, Pietro Gadaleta, Nicola Zizzo, Cosmo Damiano Gadaleta, Giovambattista De Sarro, Giuseppe Sammarco, Mihai Oltean, Girolamo Ranieri

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Abstract

Mast Cells (MCs) play a role in immune responses and more recently MCs have been involved in tumoral angiogenesis. In particular MCs can release tryptase, a potent in vivo and in vitro pro-angiogenic factor via proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) activation and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphorylation. MCs can release tryptase following c-Kit receptor activation. Nevertheless, no data are available concerning the relationship among MCs Density Positive to Tryptase (MCDPT) and Microvascular Density (MVD) in both primary gastric cancer tissue and loco-regional lymph node metastases. A series of 75 GC patients with stage T2-3N2-3M0 (by AJCC for Gastric Cancer Seventh Edition) undergone to radical surgery were selected for the study. MCDPT and MVD were evaluated by immunohistochemistry and by image analysis system and results were correlated each to other in primary tumor tissue and in metastatic lymph nodes harvested. Furthermore, tissue parameters were correlated with important clinico-pathological features. A significant correlation between MCDPT and MVD was found in primary gastric cancer tissue and lymph node metastases. Pearson t-test analysis (r ranged from 0.74 to 0.79; p-value ranged from 0.001 to 0.003). These preliminary data suggest that MCDPT play a role in angiogenesis in both primary tumor and in lymph node metastases from GC. We suggest that MCs and tryptase could be further evaluated as novel targets for anti-angiogenic therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1905
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2016

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis
  • Gastric cancer
  • Mast cells
  • Prognostic factor
  • Therapy
  • Tryptase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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