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Zhonghua Zhong Liu Za Zhi. 2012 Aug;34(8):592-5. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0253-3766.2012.08.007.

[Expression of metastasis associated 1 family member 2 (MTA2) in gastric cancer and its relationship with transcription factor Sp1].

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Department of Surgery, Rui Jin Hospital, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Surgery, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China.



To determine the expression patterns of metastasis associated 1 family member 2 (MTA2) in gastric cancer and non-cancerous gastric mucosa, and analyze its relationship with nuclear transcription factor Sp1 expression.


Tissue samples and clinicopathological information from 83 gastric cancer patients, who underwent surgery, were collected from Shanghai Rui Jin Hospital. All samples included cancer tissue and non-cancerous mucosa which was 5 cm away from the tumor lesion. The expression of MTA2 and Sp1 were detected by immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining. The mRNA of MTA2 was also detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). SPSS software was used for statistical analysis.


The expression of MTA2 protein was significantly higher in primary lesions of the gastric cancer than that in non-cancerous mucosa by IHC (31.3% vs 12.0%, P < 0.01). MTA2 expression was closely related with tumor invasion or T staging (χ(2) = 5.677, P < 0.05). Yet, no significant relationship was observed between MTA2 expression and other clinicopathological parameters, including the age, sex, tumor differentiation, Lauren classification, lymph node metastasis, distant metastasis, as well as pathological staging. Furthermore, MTA2 expression was concomitant with Sp1 expression (r = 0.320, P < 0.05). Elevated MTA2 expression was observed in Sp1 positive cancer tissues (χ(2) = 9.565, P < 0.01). RT-PCR results also demonstrated that MTA2 mRNA was also highly expressed in the tissue samples with Sp1 expression.


MTA2 is highly expressed in the primary lesions of gastric cancer than that in adjacent non-cancerous tissues, and is closely related with tumor invasion. MTA2 expression is elevated in Sp1 positive gastric cancer.

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