Expression of oncofetal RNA-binding protein CRD-BP/IMP1 predicts clinical outcome in colon cancer

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2007 (EN)
Expression of oncofetal RNA-binding protein CRD-BP/IMP1 predicts clinical outcome in colon cancer (EN)

Dimitriadis, E. (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών και Τεχνολογιών. Τμήμα Βιολογικών Εφαρμογών και Τεχνολογιών (EL)
Dimitriadis, E. (EN)

The oncofetal CRD-BP/IMP1 RNA binding protein regulates posttranscriptionally a handful of RNA transcripts, implicated in cell adhesion and invadopodia formation and was recently identified as a target of the beta-catenin/Tcf transcription factor that is constitutively activated in colorectal carcinomas (CRCs). The expression of CRD-BP/IMP1 was studied in normal adult intestines and CRCs. In normal mucosa, CRD-BP/IMP1 immunoreactivity was observed in few scattered cells located predominantly at or near the bottom of the crypts, whereas in CRCs the protein was detectable in tumor cells of 50% of the specimens analyzed. CRD-BP/IMP1 mRNA expression was measured by qRT-PCR in 78 CRCs. Thirty-two (41%) of the specimens were negative or had negligible expression, whereas the remaining forty-six (59%) expressed a wide range of CRD-BP/IMP1 mRNA levels. CRD-BP/IMP1 mRNA expression correlated with that of the putative stem/progenitor cell marker Musashi-1 mRNA (p = 0. 035). CRD-BP/IMP1 positive tumors metastasized and/or recurred more frequently (p = 0.001) and its expression defined a group of patients with shorter survival (p = 0.014). Furthermore, in a multivariate analysis CRD-BP/IMP1 expression was found to be an independent predictor of survival (p = 0.015). For stage I & II patients, the differences in metastasis/recurrence and survival rates remained significant (p = 0.001 and 0.033, respectively). These findings indicate that CRD-BP/IMP1 positive tumors exhibit early disease dissemination and unfavorable prognosis. (EN)

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Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων (EL)
University of Ioannina (EN)

Int J Cancer (EN)



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