To compare men with prostate disease with those from the general population regarding polymorphisms in the androgen receptor gene and in the 5alpha-reductase II (SRD5A2) gene.
The SRD5A2 polymorphisms A49T, V89L and R227Q, the androgen receptor CAG and GGN repeats and sex hormone status was investigated in men with prostate cancer (CaP) (n=89), benign prostate hyperplasia (n=45) and healthy military conscripts (n=223).
The SRD5A2 high-activity allele variants A49T AT and V89L LL were more frequent in CaP-patients compared to general population, p=0.026 and p=0.05, respectively. CaP progression was, however, independent of SRD5A2 variants. In contrary, men with GGN
The concentration of the aminoterminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP) in serum is a measure of the activity of the metabolism of type III collagen, which is a major constituent of soft connective tissues and of the connective tissue stroma of solid tumours. In advanced ovarian carcinoma, serum PIIINP serves as a tumour-associated antigen, its changes reflecting and preceding changes in the clinical behaviour of the malignancy. Elevated values of serum PIIINP are also observed in endometrial and cervical malignancies, though less frequently than in ovarian tumours. Very high concentrations of PIIINP are found in ovarian carcinoma ascites, suggesting an ongoing fibro-proliferative reaction in the peritoneal cavity as a response to the tumour.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) generally occurs in adults, especially in high-prevalence populations such as the Chinese and Eskimos. In Maghrebian populations, young patients affected with this malignancy represent 25% of the total NPC cases. In adults with NPC, relatively high titers of IgA antibodies to the EBV viral capsid antigen (VCA) and early antigen (EA) represent important markers. However, nearly 50% of young NPC patients are negative for IgA-anti-VCA and -EA or exhibit very low titers of these antibodies. We report here that 92% of sera from young NPC patients negative for IgA-EA and 89% of those negative for IgA-VCA were positive for IgG antibodies to the EBV transactivator protein (ZEBRA) at very high titers. Our results show that in young patients with NPC these antibodies represent the most reliable marker for diagnosis and prognosis, particularly when compared with conventional NPC markers, i.e., IgA-VCA (58%) and anti-EA (25%). The titers of IgG-ZEBRA antibodies increased along with lymph node involvement only in the young patient group, suggesting a prognostic value of this marker in this patient group.
ASCENT, the Androgen-Independent Prostate Cancer (AIPC) Study of Calcitriol Enhancing Taxotere, is a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial designed to determine if DN-101, a high-dose oral formulation of calcitriol designed for cancer therapy, significantly increases the proportion of patients who have > 50% reduction in serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in response to docetaxel. The secondary goals of ASCENT are to evaluate the effect of DN-101 combined with docetaxel on PSA progression-free survival, tumour response rate in measurable disease, tumour progression-free survival, skeletal morbidity-free survival, clinical progression-free survival, and overall survival, and to examine the safety and tolerability of DN-101 combined with docetaxel. ASCENT builds on phase I work showing that weekly dosing allows substantial dose-escalation of calcitriol, the natural ligand for the vitamin D receptor, and on phase II work that suggested that adding weekly high-dose 'pulse' calcitriol may enhance the activity of weekly docetaxel in patients with AIPC. The preclinical rationale for calcitriol and its combination with docetaxel for prostate cancer therapy is reviewed, as are the key clinical trials that led to the development of ASCENT. The ASCENT design and its strengths and limitations are presented.
Cancer Epidemiology Group, Division of Cancer Studies, School of Medicine, King's College London, 3rd Floor, Bermondsey Wing, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT, United Kingdom. email@example.com
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Mar;20(3):428-37
To study levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and leukocytes, as inflammatory markers, in the context of cancer risk.
From the Apolipoprotein MOrtality RISk (AMORIS) study, we selected 102,749 persons with one measurement and 9,273 persons with three repeated measurements of CRP and leukocytes. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression was applied to categories of CRP (50 g/L) and quartiles of leukocytes. An inflammation-based predictive score (IPS) indicated whether someone had CRP levels of more than 10 mg/L combined with leukocytes of more than 10×10(9)/L. Reverse causality was assessed by excluding those with less than 3, 5, or 7 years of follow-up. To analyze repeated measurements of CRP and leukocytes, the repeated IPS (IPSr) was calculated by adding the IPS of each measurement.
In the cohort with one measurement, there was a positive trend between CRP and risk of developing cancer, with the lowest category being the 0.99 (0.92-1.06), 1.28 (1.11-1.47), 1.27 (1.09-1.49), and 1.22 (1.01-1.48) for the second to fifth categories, respectively. This association disappeared when excluding those with follow-up of less than 3, 5, or 7 years. The association between leukocytes and cancer was slightly stronger. In the cohort with repeated measurements, the IPSr was strongly associated with cancer risk: 1.87 (1.33-2.63), 1.51 (0.56-4.06), and 4.46 (1.43-13.87) for IPSr=1, 2, and 3 compared with IPSr=0. The association remained after excluding those with follow-up of less than 1 year.
Our large, prospective cohort study adds evidence for a link between inflammatory markers and cancer risk by using repeated measurements and ascertaining reverse causality.
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Chromogranin A (CgA) is the best-characterized biological marker common to neuroendocrine tumours and is therefore recommended for their diagnosis. The measurement of serum CgA is of great importance for reaching an early diagnosis and thus reducing the delay before treatment is instigated. The Kryptor CgA assay is the first fully automated assay available. The aim of this study was to evaluate its analytical performance.
The imprecision and linearity of the Kryptor CgA assay were evaluated. This assay was compared with the Cis Bio CgA RIA assay in 78 serum samples. Its clinical utility was assessed in serum from 229 patients.
The study performed on imprecision of Kryptor measurements showed intra- and inter-run CVs = 5%. The study of linearity showed a satisfactory recovery rate for CgA concentrations up to 1200 µg/L. The Kryptor and RIA assays agreed well on the basis of the cut-off values provided by the two manufacturers. The Bland and Altman plot of the values obtained (range: 20-5560 µg/L) provided a mean difference of -10.1 µg/L (SD: 116). The clinical sensitivities of Kryptor CgA for diagnosis of pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (n 20) and gastroenteropancreatic NETs (n 17) were respectively 100 and 94%.
The Kryptor assay for CgA shows reliable analytical and clinical characteristics and allows a fast delivery of results.
BACKGROUND: Routine measurement of serum calcitonin to detect medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) continues to be fiercely debated, although less attention has been paid to the positive predictive value (PPV) of this method. METHODS: We collected data from 959 patients with nontoxic nodular goiter; thyroidectomy was performed in 307 of these patients. RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients had elevated serum calcitonin; 6 of these patients had MTC detected by the initial diagnostic setup. No additional patient in the cohort was registered in the Danish Thyroid Cancer Database, reflecting that all patients with MTC were classified correctly initially. The sensitivity of serum calcitonin for detection of MTC was 100%, the specificity was 95.3%, the positive predictive value was 15.4%, and the negative predictive value was 100%. CONCLUSION: Serum calcitonin has high sensitivity and specificity for detection of MTC. The low PPV might lead to unnecessary thyroid surgery. Thus, the result of serum calcitonin measurement should always be interpreted in the context of other clinical variables.
The authors studied benz(a)pyrene-specific secretory and serum antibody ratios (Ka) in 249 workers of the Kemerovo Power Station, by applying their modified enzyme immunoassay technique. There were 37 (20.5%) and 4 (5.8%) cases with Ka >2 at the preset immunoassay parameters of the 180 and 69 workers of mainline production and auxiliary units, respectively. A Ka value of >2 was found in 35 (21.6%) of the 162 males and only in 6 (6.9%) of the 87 females of the whole sample, in 29 (26.1%) of the 111 smokers and in 12 (8.7%) of the 138 non-smokers. The technique is proposed to study specific immune reactions and exposure to carcinogens primarily in workers of the enterprises processing coal and other types of fuel.
Efficient one-carbon metabolism, which requires adequate supply of methyl group donors and B-vitamins, may protect against colorectal carcinogenesis. However, plasma folate and vitamins B2 and B12 have inconsistently been associated with colorectal cancer risk, and there have been no previous studies relating plasma concentrations of methionine, choline, and betaine to this outcome.
This study comprised 10,601 individuals, 50 to 64 years of age, participating in the Norwegian Colorectal Cancer Prevention (NORCCAP) screening study. Using logistic regression analyses, we crosssectionally investigated associations between distal colorectal adenoma occurrence-potential precursor lesions of colorectal carcinomas-and plasma concentrations of methyl group donors and B-vitamins, and polymorphisms of genes related to one-carbon metabolism.
Screening revealed 1,809 subjects (17.1%) with at least one adenoma. The occurrence of high-risk adenomas (observed in 421 subjects) was inversely associated with plasma concentrations of methionine (highest versus lowest quartile: odds ratio (OR) = 0.61; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.45-0.83), betaine: OR = 0.74; 95% CI = 0.54-1.02, the vitamin B2 form flavin-mononucleotide (FMN): OR = 0.65; 95% CI = 0.49-0.88, and the vitamin B6 form pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP): OR = 0.69; 95% CI = 0.51-0.95, but not with folate, choline, vitamin B12 concentrations, or with the studied polymorphisms. High methionine concentration in combination with high vitamin B2 or B6 concentrations was associated with lower occurrence of high-risk adenomas compared with these factors individually.
High plasma concentrations of methionine and betaine, and vitamins B2 and B6 may reduce risk of developing colorectal adenomas.
In addition to B-vitamins, methyl group donors such as methionine and betaine may play a role in colorectal carcinogenesis.