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Conesa-Zamora P.,Santa Lucía University | Garcia-Solano J.,Santa Lucía University | Garcia-Garcia F.,Research Center Principe Felipe | Turpin M.D.C.,Santa Lucía University | And 9 more authors.
International Journal of Cancer | Year: 2013

Serrated adenocarcinoma (SAC) is a recently recognized colorectal cancer (CRC) subtype accounting for 7.5 to 8.7% of CRCs. It has been shown that SAC has a poorer prognosis and has different molecular and immunohistochemical features compared with conventional carcinoma (CC) but, to date, only one previous study has analyzed its mRNA expression profile by microarray. Using a different microarray platform, we have studied the molecular signature of 11 SACs and compared it with that of 15 matched CC with the aim of discerning the functions which characterize SAC biology and validating, at the mRNA and protein level, the most differentially expressed genes which were also tested using a validation set of 70 SACs and 70 CCs to assess their diagnostic and prognostic values. Microarray data showed a higher representation of morphogenesis-, hypoxia-, cytoskeleton- and vesicle transport-related functions and also an overexpression of fascin1 (actin-bundling protein associated with invasion) and the antiapoptotic gene hippocalcin in SAC all of which were validated both by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and immunohistochemistry. Fascin1 expression was statistically associated with KRAS mutation with 88.6% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity for SAC diagnosis and the positivity of fascin1 or hippocalcin was highly suggestive of SAC diagnosis (sensitivity = 100%). Evaluation of these markers in CRCs showing histological and molecular characteristics of high-level microsatellite instability (MSI-H) also helped to distinguish SACs from MSI-H CRCs. Molecular profiling demonstrates that SAC shows activation of distinct signaling pathways and that immunohistochemical fascin1 and hippocalcin expression can be reliably used for its differentiation from other CRC subtypes. What's new? Serrated adenocarcinoma (SAC), a recently recognized colorectal cancer subtype, was shown in a previous study to possess unique molecular and immunohistochemical features. Here, microarray and immunohistochemical analyses of tissue samples from SAC patients with dissimilar environmental and genetic backgrounds validates these features. Fascin1, which is associated with tumor cell invasion, and the antiapoptotic gene hippocalcin were identified as potential biomarkers of SAC, and hence may be valuable immunohistochemical adjuncts in SAC diagnosis. Copyright © 2012 UICC.


Vilchez J.R.,Santa Lucía University | Torres-Moreno D.,Molecular Pathology and Pharmacogenetic Group | Martinez-Senac M.M.,University of Murcia | Trujillo-Santos J.,HGUSL | Conesa-Zamora P.,Molecular Pathology and Pharmacogenetic Group
Human Immunology | Year: 2013

Squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) and cervical cancer are primary due to suboptimal host-dependent immune response against human papillomavirus (HPV). Natural killer cells (NK) are innate-immune response components against virus and tumors. We studied whether the null allele of NKG2C NK cell receptor could be associated with low-grade (LSIL) to high-grade SIL (HSIL) transition or likelihood of HPV infection. Eight-hundred and sixty-seven subjects (263 LSIL, 309 HSIL and 295 controls) were genotyped for NKG2C using a novel multiplex PCR protocol. HPV genotype information was obtained from the cases. NKG2C genotype distributions in LSIL were WT/WT: 69.2%, WT/. null: 26.2% and null/. null: 4.6%; whereas in HSIL were WT/WT: 65.4%, WT/. null: 28.5% and null/. null: 6.1% and no statistical differences were observed (LSIL vs. HSIL p= 0.541; LSIL vs. controls p= 0.230; HSIL vs. controls p= 0.624) nor when restricting to HPV positive, HR-HPV nor co-infection. This study demonstrates that NKG2C. null does not seem to constitute a risk factor for HPV-induced cervical lesions. © 2013 American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.


Heredia-Galvez B.,Santa Lucía University | Ruiz-Cosano J.,Santa Lucía University | Torres-Moreno D.,Santa Lucía University | Espanol I.,HGUSL | And 7 more authors.
Annals of Hematology | Year: 2014

The TRAILR1/TRAIL system is implicated in the induction of the extrinsic apoptotic pathway and constitutes an emerging target in cancer therapeutics. The objective of this study is to assess lymphoma risk associated with certain polymorphisms in TRAILR1 and TRAIL1 genes. DNA was extracted from 381 subjects (190 lymphoma cases and 191 matched controls) and genotyped for polymorphisms rs20576, rs2230229 and rs20575 in TRAILR1 and rs12488654 in TRAIL gene. In contrast to TRAILR1 polymorphisms, the genotype distribution of rs12488654 in TRAIL gene was different between cases and controls, A allele carriers (CA/AA) being much more common in the cases with different lymphoma types (follicular, 45 %; diffuse large B cell, 45.2 % and Hodgkin lymphomas, 40 %) than in controls (15.7 %) (odds ratio (OR), 3.5; CI, 2.1-5.9; p < 0.001; OR, 3.5; CI, 1.6-7.9; p = 0.001; OR, 2.9; CI, 1.1-7.5; p = 0.027, respectively). This effect was consistently independent of the association with the TRAILR1 polymorphisms studied, as demonstrated by linkage disequilibrium and haplotype analyses. This study is the first one to report an association between a TRAIL polymorphism and lymphoma risk and suggests a possible role of TRAIL in B cell lymphomagenesis. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Garcia-Solano J.,Santa Lucía University | Conesa-Zamora P.,Santa Lucía University | Carbonell P.,University of Murcia | Trujillo-Santos J.,HGUSL | And 4 more authors.
International Journal of Cancer | Year: 2012

Molecular characterization has been extensively studied in serrated polyps but very little is known in serrated adenocarcinomas (SACs). We analyzed the incidence of KRAS, BRAF and PIK3CA mutations, microsatellite instability (MSI) status and loss of the DNA repair proteins MLH1, MSH2, MSH6 and MGMT in a series of 89 SAC, 81 matched conventional carcinomas (CC) and 13 sporadic colorectal cancer showing histological and molecular features of high-level MSI (sMSI-H). Our results demonstrate that KRAS are more prevalent than BRAF mutations in SAC (42.7% vs. 25.8%; p = 0.011) being the KRAS-mutated cases even more abundant in SAC displaying adjacent serrated adenomas (51%). G12D and E545K are the most common KRAS and PIK3CA mutations found in SAC, respectively. SAC show higher frequency of MGMT loss compared to CC (50.6% vs. 25.3%; p = 0.001) especially in distal colon/rectum (60.0% vs. 21.6%; p = 0.0009). SAC differ from sMSI-H in terms of KRAS and BRAF mutation prevalence, MSI status and MLH1 expression (p = 0.0003, p < 0.0001, p < 0.0001, p < 0.001, respectively). SACs are more often KRAS-mutated and microsatellite stable and display different molecular and immunohistochemical characteristics compared to CC and sMSI-H. © 2011 UICC.


Garcia-Solano J.,Santa Lucía University | Conesa-Zamora P.,Santa Lucía University | Carbonell P.,University of Murcia | Trujillo-Santos J.,HGUSL | And 4 more authors.
Human Pathology | Year: 2013

The microsatellite pathologic score has been proposed as a valuable tool to estimate the probability of a colorectal cancer having high microsatellite instability; however, this score has not been tested in serrated adenocarcinoma. Our aim was to evaluate microsatellite pathologic score in serrated adenocarcinoma, conventional carcinoma, and colorectal cancer with high microsatellite instability histologic features. Eighty-nine serrated adenocarcinoma and 81 matched conventional carcinomas were tested with microsatellite pathologic score, and the results were compared with those of 24 high microsatellite instability histologic features. Validation was performed by microsatellite instability analysis. Although all colorectal cancers with high microsatellite instability histologic features rendered a more than 5.5 score, the microsatellite pathologic score performance was of lower rank in high microsatellite instability serrated adenocarcinoma because none of the cases scored above 5.5 (>77% probability of being high microsatellite instability). High microsatellite instability serrated adenocarcinoma shows pathologic features different from those observed in high microsatellite instability histologic features such as adverse prognostic histologic features at the invasive front. We describe a serrated adenocarcinoma subtype showing high microsatellite instability and some, but not all, high microsatellite instability histologic features that would not be detected if the microsatellite pathologic score cutoff is set at the highest rank. To increase microsatellite pathologic score sensitivity in serrated adenocarcinoma, we propose to set up a 2.1 cutoff score when faced by a right-sided colorectal cancer with serrated features. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


PubMed | HGUSL, University of Murcia and Santa Lucía University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Cellular oncology (Dordrecht) | Year: 2016

In contrast to conventional colorectal carcinomas (CCs), which develop through a so-called chromosome instability or suppressor phenotype pathway, the sequence of events leading from precursor polyps/adenomas to serrated adenocarcinomas (SACs), which are more aggressive and exhibit a poorer survival than CCs, is as yet not clearly defined. Here, we aimed at detecting protein and DNA biomarkers for SAC in a series of primary colorectal polyps.In total 303 colorectal polyps were included: 121 serrated polyps (33 hyperplastic polyps, 37 sessile serrated adenomas (SSA), 51 traditional serrated adenomas (TSA)), 143 conventional polyps (72 tubular polyps, 34 tubulovillous polyps, 37 villious adenomas), and 39 bi-phenotypic serrated-conventional polyps. The protein biomarkers tested were deduced from previously published SAC and CC expression profiling studies. A representative subset of 106 polyps was selected for DNA biomarker analyses, i.e., proto-oncogene mutation and microsatellite instability (MSI) status. In order to confer proper weight to each biomarker, a multivariate logistic regression model was employed.We found that serrated and conventional polyps differed in most of the SAC biomarkers tested. Of these biomarkers, FSCN1 showed the largest difference in expression (p=0.0001). Despite sharing a serrated morphology, we found that SSAs and TSAs differed considerably with respect to anatomical location, expression of EPHB2 and PTCH1, presence of the V600E BRAF mutation and MSI status. Logistic regression analysis revealed that SSA was the polyp type that shared most biomarkers with SAC.Based on the shared presence of protein and molecular biomarkers, especially FSCN1 expression, SSA may serve as a precursor lesion of SAC. Biomarker assessment may help in discerning colorectal carcinogenic routes with distinct prognostic implications.

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