Sialylated MUC1 mucin expression in normal pancreas, benign pancreatic lesions, and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

Y Masaki, M Oka, Y Ogura, T Ueno, K Nishihara, A Tangoku, M Takahashi, M Yamamoto, T Irimura
Hepato-gastroenterology 1999, 46 (28): 2240-5

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pancreatic cancer has the poorest prognosis of all gastrointestinal cancers. Because sialylated mucin influences the biologic behavior of carcinoma cells, we investigated sialylated MUC1 mucin expression in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

METHODOLOGY: The expression of sialylated MUC1 mucin was examined in 55 pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas, 2 normal pancreas specimens, 3 chronic pancreatitis specimens, 1 ductal hyperplasia of the pancreas, 3 mucinous cystadenomas, and 2 liver metastases from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry with a new monoclonal antibody (mAb) (MY.1E12).

RESULTS: Sialylated MUC1 mucin was expressed in the cancer cell membrane in all the ductal carcinomas. The reaction product was seen at the apical aspect of cells when these were in tubule formation. This pattern was also detected in mucinous cystadenomas. However, it was seen diffusely in the cell membrane in single cancer cells or small clusters of cells without tubule formation and in metastatic liver tumors. Namely, invading or metastatic cancer cells expressed this type of mucin throughout the entire cell membrane. The expression of sialylated MUC1 mucin was not observed in specimens from normal pancreas, chronic pancreatitis, or ductal hyperplasia of the pancreas. In normal pancreas and these lesions, expression of sialylated Mession of sialylated MUC1 was limited to acini and secreted mucin.

CONCLUSIONS: Sialylated MUC1 mucin, which is expressed throughout the cancer cell membrane, may be a factor in the metastatic potential of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"