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Int J Pancreatol. 1995 Dec;18(3):227-34.

Altered expression of extracellular matrix molecules and their receptors in chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma in comparison with normal pancreas.

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Department of General Surgery, University of Ulm, Germany.


The aim of this study was to elucidate the expression and distribution patterns of both integrins and extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules in chronic pancreatitis (CP) and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC) compared with normal pancreas (NP). Expression of nine alpha-subunits (alpha 2-alpha 6, alpha V, alpha L, alpha M, and alpha X), four beta-subunits (beta 1, beta 3-beta 5), and four ECM molecules (type IV collagen, laminin, fibronectin, and vitronectin) was investigated immunohistochemically. In CP, all integrins except alpha V showed nearly the same staining patterns compared with NP. Some acinar cells in CP expressed alpha V. Whereas alpha 2, alpha 3, and alpha 6 expression was stronger and diffuse, no alpha 5 expression was seen in PC. Basement membrane (BM) showed continuous staining in CP, whereas it showed discontinuous/absent staining in PC with antitype IV collagen, laminin, and vitronectin antibodies. Some carcinoma cells showed reverse correlation between alpha 2, alpha 3, and alpha 6 expression and type IV collagen and laminin expression. Fibronectin showed diffuse stromal expression in CP and PC. Some acinar cells or duct cells in CP carcinoma cells in PC showed intracellular VN expression. These results suggest that these integrins and ECM molecules are involved in inflammatory and malignant processes in pancreas.

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