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Title: Localization of Annexins I, II, IV and VII in whole prostate sections from radical prostatectomy patients
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: CDU::6 - Ciencias aplicadas::61 - Medicina
Keywords: Annexins
Abstract: Annexins (ANXs) represent a family of calcium and phospholipid binding proteins that are involved in several physiological processes e.g. signal transduction, cellular differentiation and proliferation. Since they are known to be dysregulated in a variety of cancers we investigated the immunolocalization of ANXs in whole prostate sections containing benign prostatic epithelium (BPE), benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) and prostate cancer (PCa) in order to evaluate their possible role during tumorigenesis. Samples were obtained from 28 patients undergoing radical prostatectomy. Gross sections of whole prostates were examined immunohistochemically for the distribution of ANX I, II, IV and VII. In BPE all ANXs were localized to the cell membranes and the cytoplasm of all gland cells. In BPH the immunoreactivity of ANX I and II was restricted to the basal cells of glands and expression pattern of ANX IV and VII was similar to BPE. In PIN only basal cells expressed ANX II. In PCa ANX II immunoreactivity was absent and weak ANX I and ANX IV immunoreactivity was restricted to the cytoplasm of tumor cells. ANX VII immunoreactivity was seen in some but not all tumor cells. Since ANX IV and VII expression did not show significant changes in PCa compared to non-neoplastic tissue and PIN an essential role during prostate tumourigenesis seems unlikely. In contrast, as progression from PIN to PCa is characterized by a reduction of ANX I and II this suggests that downregulation of these proteins could represent an important event in prostate carcinogenesis.
Primary author: Lehnigk, U.
Zimmermann, U.
Woenckhaus, C.
Giebel, J.
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 8
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.20, nº 3 (2005)

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