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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2005 Nov 11;337(1):386-93.

Expressions and clinical significances of angiopoietin-1, -2 and Tie2 in human gastric cancer.

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State Key Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Institute of Digestive Disease, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710032, China.


The roles of angiopoietins in gastric cancer progression are still not fully understood. In this study the expressions of angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1), -2 (Ang-2) were compared by immunohistochemistry in 53 gastric cancer and 23 normal gastric mucosa samples. Results revealed that Ang-2 expression was significantly increased in gastric cancer tissues (74%) and was correlated with higher TNM stage, lymph node metastasis as well as distance metastasis. The expression of Ang-1 was also elevated in cancerous tissues (66%) and significantly associated with differentiation degree. In addition, Ang-2 as well as its receptor Tie2 expressions were higher in 12 pairs of gastric cancer tissue samples than those in corresponding adjacent samples by Western blot, while Ang-1 expression showed great heterogeneity. Furthermore, the expressions of Ang-1 and Ang-2 were almost positive in eight gastric cancer cell lines. Among them, AGS expressed both Ang-2 and a relatively moderate amount of Ang-2(443), a novel splice form of Ang-2, while others showed only Ang-2 mRNA expression.

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