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Hybridoma. 2000 Aug;19(4):281-6.

Clinical correlations of alpha2,6-sialyltransferase expression in colorectal cancer patients.

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Department of Surgery, University of Padova, Italy.


We have previously demonstrated a link between alpha2,6-Sialyltransferase (alpha2,6-ST; E.C. expression and differentiation of colon tumors. So far, information is not available relative to the expression of alpha2,6-ST in tumors and the survival of patients with colorectal cancer. We have examined the expression of alpha2,6-ST in a variety of colorectal adenocarcinomas (n = 46) at different stages of differentiation (G1 to G3) by immunoperoxidase assay using monoclonal antibody (MAb) 6B9. Clinical outcome of the patients in a 5-year follow-up study has been correlated with the expression of alpha2,6-ST in tumors surgically removed from the same patients. No significant difference in the alpha2,6-ST expression was noted when age, sex, and tumor locations (colon, rectum) were included as parameters. However, 52% of the moderate (G2) and well-differentiated (G1) adenocarcinomas showed stronger alpha2,6-ST expression compared with poorly differentiated (G3) adenocarcinomas. Notably, absence to moderate levels of tumor alpha2,6-ST expression was correlated with 100% survival in patients with stage I and II tumors compared with 64% survival in patients with strong tumor alpha2,6-ST expression (p < 0.01). These studies suggest a negative correlation between the expression of alpha2,6-ST in tumors and a good clinical outcome in colorectal cancer patients.

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