Gastric cancer remains one of the most common human malignancies with a poor prognosis. Apoptosis is known to be a programmed cell death and its inhibition is involved in the unregulated cellular growth that leads to neoplasms. Microvessel density (MVD) has been investigated as a promoting factor for angiogenesis with conflicting results about its relation to survival. The aim of our study was to search a correlation between these factors and some clinicopathological features and prognosis. Identification of apoptotic cells was performed applying the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling technique and recorded as apoptotic index (A.I.), whereas monoclonal antibodies were used for the study of MVD. A significant correlation was found between low and high A.I. and the subgroup of patients in Stages I and II (P < 0.02); 20 per cent of patients with a low A.I. showed an overall survival longer than 5 years versus 44 per cent of patients with an high A.I. (P = 0.041). High MVD was significantly related to the T stage (P = 0.036) and to a poorer 5-year overall survival (P < 0.05). Further studies are required to confirm the role of apoptosis and MVD in the development and progression of gastric cancer.

Apoptosis and microvessel density in gastric cancer: correlation with tumor stage and prognosis / Aurello, Paolo; Bellagamba, Riccardo; ROSSI DEL MONTE, Simone; D'Angelo, Francesco; Nigri, Giuseppe; Cicchini, C; Ravaioli, M; Ramacciato, Giovanni. - In: THE AMERICAN SURGEON. - ISSN 0003-1348. - STAMPA. - 75:12(2009), pp. 1183-1188.

Apoptosis and microvessel density in gastric cancer: correlation with tumor stage and prognosis.

AURELLO, Paolo;BELLAGAMBA, Riccardo;ROSSI DEL MONTE, Simone;D'ANGELO, Francesco;NIGRI, Giuseppe;RAMACCIATO, Giovanni
2009

Abstract

Gastric cancer remains one of the most common human malignancies with a poor prognosis. Apoptosis is known to be a programmed cell death and its inhibition is involved in the unregulated cellular growth that leads to neoplasms. Microvessel density (MVD) has been investigated as a promoting factor for angiogenesis with conflicting results about its relation to survival. The aim of our study was to search a correlation between these factors and some clinicopathological features and prognosis. Identification of apoptotic cells was performed applying the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling technique and recorded as apoptotic index (A.I.), whereas monoclonal antibodies were used for the study of MVD. A significant correlation was found between low and high A.I. and the subgroup of patients in Stages I and II (P < 0.02); 20 per cent of patients with a low A.I. showed an overall survival longer than 5 years versus 44 per cent of patients with an high A.I. (P = 0.041). High MVD was significantly related to the T stage (P = 0.036) and to a poorer 5-year overall survival (P < 0.05). Further studies are required to confirm the role of apoptosis and MVD in the development and progression of gastric cancer.
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