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Neoplasma. 2003;50(1):41-6.

Serum leptin, prolactin and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels in patients with breast cancer.

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Department of Medical Oncology, Gazi University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey. ugurcos@hotmail.com

Abstract

Angiogenesis plays an important role in tumor growth and metastasis in solid tumors. VEGF is an important regulator of tumor angiogenesis. Both leptin and prolactin have also been suggested to have roles in the regulation of angiogenic process. In our study, we measured serum leptin, prolactin and VEGF levels in 30 metastatic, 55 non-metastatic breast cancer patients and 25 control subjects. Serum leptin levels were found to be similar in non-metastatic (38.1+/-19.5 ng/ml), metastatic patients (39.6+/-16.3 ng/ml) and control subjects (35.6+/-13.9 ng/ml) (p>0.05). There was no statistically significant difference between patients with visceral metastasis (44.0+/-16.8 ng/ml) and patients with bone metastasis (35.2+/-15.0 ng/ml) (p>0.05). Serum prolactin levels were found to be similar in non-metastatic (12.2+/-10.7 ng/ml), metastatic patients (11.6+/-8.2 ng/ml) and control subjects (12.3+/-8.1 ng/ml), (p>0.05). Moreover, serum prolactin levels were not different in patients with visceral (11.4+/-8.8 ng/ml) and bone metastasis (11.8+/-8.0 ng/ml), (p>0.05). Metastatic patients had higher serum VEGF levels (249.8+/-154.9 pg/ml), when compared to the non-metastatic patients (138.7+/-59.3 pg/ml) and control subjects (108.4+/-47.7 pg/ml), (p<0.05). There was no difference in serum VEGF levels in non-metastatic patients and control subjects (p>0.05). Patients with visceral metastasis (337.0+/-168.0 pg/ml) had higher serum VEGF levels, when compared to patients with bone metastasis (162.6+71.8 pg/ml), (p<0.05). Serum VEGF activity may be used to evaluate angiogenic and metastatic activity in breast cancer patients. However, serum leptin and prolactin levels does not seem to be related with angiogenic activity and metastasis in breast cancer patients.

PMID:
12687277
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