, Volume 454, Issue 6, pp 667-676
Date: 02 May 2009

Microsomal prostaglandin E synthase protein levels correlate with prognosis in colorectal cancer patients

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The aim of this study is to investigate the expression of three prostaglandin E synthase (PGES) isomers in colorectal cancer (CRC) tissue and to evaluate their relationship to clinicopathological factors and patient prognosis. Microsomal PGES (mPGES)-1, mPGES-2, cytosolic PGES (cPGES) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 protein expression were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction and Western blot. The localization of each PGES and COX-2 protein was examined by immunohistochemistry in 155 surgical resections and correlated to clinicopathological factors and patient prognosis. mPGES-1 mRNA and protein levels were significantly higher in CRC than in paired normal tissues. mPGES-1 immunoreactivity localized in cancer cells in 43% of cases. mPGES-2 immunoreactivity was significantly more pronounced in cancer cells than in adjacent normal epithelium in 36% of cases. cPGES immunoreactivity was homogeneous in cancer cells and thus determined constitutive. mPGES-1 and mPGES-2 correlated with significantly worse prognosis in stage I–III patients. These results indicate that mPGES-1 and mPGES-2 may each play a role in CRC progression.