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The Korean Journal of Pathology 2004;38(6): 388-393.
CD24 Expression in Gastric Adenocarcinoma Is Associated with Tumor Invasiveness.
Kyeong Cheon Jung, Jae Nam Seo, Tae Woon Kim, Young Mi Choi, Kwon Ik Oh, Hun Ho Song, Hyung Sik Shin, Young Euy Park
1Departments of Pathology, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. yepark@hallym.ac.kr
2Departments of Internal Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.
BACKGROUND: CD24, also referred to as the heat stable antigen in mice, is a glycosyl phosphatidylinositol- linked glycoprotein expressed by thymocytes, B cells, neutrophils and immature neuronal cells. It has been recently observed in a variety of human malignancy. Here, we demonstrated the expression of CD24 in gastric adenocarcinomas. METHODS: A total of 40 gastric adenocarcinomas and 20 tubular adenomas were immunohistochemically examined for the expression of CD24 and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) proteins. The immunoreactivity of CD24 was semiquantitatively scored (0, 1+, 2+) and compared with clinicopathologic variables and MMP-2 expression in tumor cells. RESULTS: CD24 was rarely expressed in normal gastric tissue and not expressed in tubular adenoma. In contrast, a moderate/strong expression (2+) of CD24 was observed in 25% of gastric adenocarcinomas, and 30% cases showed a weak CD24 staining (1+). Moreover, CD24 expression was significantly correlated with the depth of tumor invasion and MMP-2 expression. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that the aberrant expression of CD24 in gastric adenocarcinomas might be associated with tumor progression and invasiveness.
Key Words: CD24 antigen; Stomach neoplasms; Neoplasm invasiveness; Matrix metalloproteinase-2