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Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen presents as a prognostic factor in colorectal carcinoma: A clinicopathologic study of 264 patients

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Title:Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen presents as a prognostic factor in colorectal carcinoma: A clinicopathologic study of 264 patients
Creators Name:Baldus, S.E. and Zirbes, T.K. and Hanisch, F.G. and Kunze, D. and Shafizadeh, S.T. and Nolden, S. and Moenig, S.P. and Schneider, P.M. and Karsten, U. and Thiele, J. and Hoelscher, A.H. and Dienes, H.P.
Abstract:BACKGROUND. Up to now, the expression of the tumor-associated Thomsen- Friedenreich (TF) antigen in colorectal carcinoma has not been thoroughly investigated with particular emphasis on its correlation with established clinicopathologic characteristics and classifications as well as its prognostic relevance. METHODS. Formalin fixed, paraffin embedded specimens from 264 patients with colorectal carcinoma were stained using an avidin- biotin complex-peroxidase assay. As primary monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), A78-G/A7, which binds to TFα and TFβ antigen irrespective of its carrier, and BW835, which detects TFα on MUC1 repeat peptide, were applied. RESULTS. MAbs A78-G/A7 and BW835 labeled 64.8% and 58.0%, respectively, of carcinomas. None of the binding patterns correlated with gender, tumor localization, or growth type. Only BW835 reactivity exhibited a significant correlation with increasing pTNM staging and histologic grading. Staining of the MAb A78-G/A7 was significantly stronger in carcinomas that contained a mucinous component. In univariate survival analysis, in addition to pTNM staging and histologic grading, reactivity with A78-G/A7 as well as BW835 were significantly correlated with lower survival probability. Multivariate analysis according to the Cox proportional hazards model revealed only pTNM staging, histologic grading, and A78-G/A7 staining to be independent prognostic factors. CONCLUSIONS. According to these results, TF disaccharide represents a cancer- associated antigen in colorectal carcinoma that exhibits qualities of a prognostic marker. As demonstrated by BW835 staining, it is obviously coexpressed with MUC1 peptide core in a great number of cases. These results suggest that TF, in addition to MUC1, might also serve as a useful target antigen in the treatment of patients with colorectal carcinoma.
Keywords:Colorectal Carcinoma, Epithelial Mucin, Monoclonal Antibody, MUC1, Prognosis, Thomsen-Friedenreich (TF) Antigen, Tumor-Associated Antigen
Page Range:1536-1543
Date:1 April 2000
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1097-0142(20000401)88:7<1536::AID-CNCR6>3.0.CO;2-W
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