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Differential expression of claudin-2 in normal human tissues and gastrointestinal carcinomas.

Claudins are involved in the formation of tight junctions in epithelial and endothelial cells. Claudins form a family of 24 members displaying organ- and tissue-specific patterns of expression. In the present study, we evaluated the specificity of the claudin-2 expression in various normal human tissues and gastrointestinal cancers by quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry. In 14 various normal tissues, claudin-2 mRNA was expressed in the kidney, liver, pancreas, stomach, and small intestine; the highest level of which was detected in the kidney. Colorectal cancers (CRCs) expressed claudin-2 mRNA at high levels. Immunohistochemical analysis of claudin-2 in 146 gastric cancers (GCs) and 99 CRCs demonstrated claudin-2 expression in 2.1% of GCs and 25.3% of CRCs, respectively. There was no obvious correlation between claudin-2 expression and clinicopathological parameters of CRCs. These results suggest that the expression of claudin-2 may involve organ specificity, and increased expression of claudin-2 may participate in colorectal carcinogenesis.[1]


  1. Differential expression of claudin-2 in normal human tissues and gastrointestinal carcinomas. Aung, P.P., Mitani, Y., Sanada, Y., Nakayama, H., Matsusaki, K., Yasui, W. Virchows Arch. (2006) [Pubmed]
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