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Tumour Biol. 2014 Mar;35(3):2513-9. doi: 10.1007/s13277-013-1332-8. Epub 2013 Nov 16.

High expressions of galectin-1 and VEGF are associated with poor prognosis in gastric cancer patients.

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  • 1Department of Gastric Cancer and Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, 200032, China.


High expressions of galectin-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are correlated with biological behavior in some cancers. The aim of this study is to evaluate the expressions of galectin-1 and VEGF in gastric cancer and investigate their relationships with clinicopathological factors and prognostic significance. Immunohistochemical analyses for galectin-1 and VEGF expression were performed on 108 cases of gastric cancer. The relationship between the expression and staining intensity of galectin-1 and VEGF, clinicopathological variables, and survival rates was analyzed. Immunohistochemical staining demonstrated that 68 of 108 gastric cancer samples (63.0%) were positive for galectin-1 and 62 out of 108 gastric cancer samples (57.4%) were positive for VEGF. Galectin-1 expression was associated with tumor size, differentiation grade, TNM stage, lymph node metastases, and VEGF expression. VEGF expression was related to tumor size, TNM stage, and lymph node metastases. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that high galectin-1 and VEGF expressions exhibited significant correlations with poor prognosis for gastric cancer patients. Multivariate analysis revealed that galectin-1 and VEGF expressions were independent prognostic parameters for the overall survival rate of gastric cancer patients. The results of the present study suggest that galectin-1 expression is positively associated with VEGF expression. Both galectin-1 and VEGF can serve as independent prognostic indicators of poor survival for gastric cancer.

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