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J Clin Gastroenterol. 2001 Nov-Dec;33(5):383-8.

Interaction between cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase in gastric cancer.

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Department of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hjson@smc.samsung.co.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Chronic expression of cylcooygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) may play an important role in gastric carcinogenesis. Thus, the purpose of our study was to assess the expression of COX-2 and iNOS messenger RNA (mRNA) in gastric cancer and to investigate the correlation between the expression of COX-2 and iNOS mRNA in these patients.

STUDY:

Twenty-three gastric carcinoma specimens and accompanying adjacent specimens were obtained from surgical resection. The expression of COX-2 and iNOS were examined by comparative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.

RESULTS:

Cylcooygenase-2 and iNOS mRNA were significantly higher in gastric cancer tissues than in adjacent normal tissues. There was significant correlation between the levels of COX-2 and iNOS mRNA in carcinoma tissues. However, there was no significant correlation between the level of COX-2 or iNOS mRNA expression and several clinicopathologic parameters in these patients.

CONCLUSION:

The expression of COX-2 and iNOS may be one of the factors that contribute to gastric carcinogenesis.

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