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Exp Oncol. 2008 Mar;30(1):81-7.

Expression of anion exchanger 2 in human gastric cancer.

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Department of Pathology, Key Laboratory of Cell Differentiation and Apoptosis of Chinese Ministry ofEducation, Institute of Medical Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.


Anion exchanger 2 (AE2), which mediates exchange of Cl(-)/HCO3(-) across the plasma membrane, is widely expressed in body tissues. It is most abundantly expressed in stomach and is responsible for the uptake of Cl(-) ions that are destined to become HCl molecules.


To determine whether AE2 expression was altered in gastric tumors.


We have studied AE2 expression in normal human gastric tissues (n =16) and in gastric tumors (n = 33) using immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescent labeling.


In normal gastric tissue positive staining was observed in gastric fundus gland, suggesting parietal cell-related expression of AE2, and AE2 expression was localized in the nuclear membrane and even in cell nuclei. For assay of cancerous gastric tissues, specimens of human gastric cancer arising from the region of the fundus (2 cases), the body (14 cases) and the antrum (17 cases) were randomly selected. Immunohistochemical staining has showed that AE2 was down-regulated in all 14 cancerous gastric body specimens, whereas staining for AE2 in cancerous antrum was less intense and had a diffuse profile.


The data suggest that AE2 might be associated with gastric carcinogenesis and the achlorhydria experienced by gastric cancer patients.

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