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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Expression of reversion-inducing-cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK) as a prognostic indicator in gastric cancer.

In this study the expression levels of reversion-inducing-cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK) in gastric cancer cell lines and tissues have been analysed in order to assess their value as a prognostic indicator. The expressions of RECK, activated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-7, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines were evaluated by Western blot analysis; and MMP-2 and MMP-9 were evaluated by gelatin zymography. RECK expression in the context of gastric cancer was also compared with various clinicopathologic parameters and compared to the expression of activated MMP-7, MMP-2, and MMP-9. Fifty-two percent of the 102 gastric cancer tissues and 81.8% of the 11 gastric cancer cell lines exhibited reduced RECK expression. We also detected a significant inverse correlation between RECK expression and macroscopic tumour growth (P=0.018), lymphatic invasion (P=0.018), lymph node metastasis (P=0.000), stage (P=0.000), and MMP-9 (P=0.039). No correlation between RECK expression and MMP-7 and MMP-2, VEGF were detected. Our data strongly supports the hypothesis that RECK is a suppressor of malignancy, and constitutes a good prognostic indicator in gastric cancer.[1]


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