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Pathol Res Pract. 2010 Dec 15;206(12):793-9. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2010.08.001. Epub 2010 Sep 20.

Expression of Neuropilin-2 in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma: its implication in tumor progression and angiogenesis.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China.


Neuropilin-2(Nrp2), which is a nontyrosine kinase transmembrane glycoprotein, can promote angiogenesis and is a poor prognostic factor in some human cancers. In the present study, to explore the expression and potential function of Nrp2 in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC), immunohistochemistry was used to examine the Nrp2 expression in 50 SACCs and 20 normal salivary gland tissues nearby SACCs. The result showed that immunoreactivity for Nrp2 was detected in 47 of 50 SACCs, and its expression level had significant correlations with microvessel density, tumor size, TMN clinical stage, vascular invasion, and metastasis (P<0.05) of SACCs. In addition, inhibition of Nrp2 function by the receptor-ligand interaction-blocking antibody decreased cell migration, invasion, and angiogenic promotion without influences on the cell proliferation of Acc-3 cells. Taken together, the expression of Nrp2 protein is significantly correlated with tumor progression and angiogenesis in SACCs. These results suggest that Nrp2 may be a potential therapeutic target for SACCs.

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