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Kim: Significance of Secreted Protein Acidic and Rich in Cysteine Expression in Colorectal Carcinoma
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The five hallmark capabilities of cancer cell for invasion and metastasis are self sufficiency in growth signal, insensitivity to growth inhibitory signals, evasion of apoptosis, limitless replicative potential and sustained angiogenesis [1]. There were several consistently appeared metastsasis risk factors of primary tumor with poor prognosis such as poor histologic grade, depth of invasion, and lymphovascular invasion. The stromal compartment is a complex arrangement of stromal cells and extracellular matrix, plus associated growth factors, regulatory molecules, and remodeling enzymes. Blood vessels, nerves, and immune cells are also integral parts of the stroma. These stromal components regulate cell function and maintain overall tissue homeostasis [2]. In cancer, the tumor microenvironment directly influences the growth of the tumor and its ability to progress and metastasis.
Several proteins such as E-cadherin, matrix metalloproteinase were changed during invasion and metastasis. Down regulation of E-cadherin stimulated by many growth factors such as epidermal growth factor receptor, c-MET, fibroblast growth factor receptor, Src-family kinase, insulinlike growth factor-I receptor in tumor cells promote tumor invasion and metastasis.
SPARC is one of the matricellular proteins and has the important role in interaction between the cells and matrix. The apparent contradictory functions of SPARC were reported in angiogenesis, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and invasion through matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) according to different sites of cancers.
Expression of SPARC was significantly correlated with the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and microvessel density in colon cancer tissues [3]. In ovarian cancer, the absence of SPARC upregulated the expressions of VEGF, VEGFR2, MMP-2, and MMP-9, thereby promoting the angiogenic and metastatic potential of these cancers [4]. SPARC is also able to inhibit VEGF-induced integrin activation and down regulation of MMP-2 and MMP-9.
There were several reports on the role of SPARC as a prognostic factor of colon cancer patients. A survival analysis of colorectal carcinoma patients revealed a poorer prognosis for patients lacking SPARC expression than for patients with normal SPARC expression [5]. Patients with low or absence expressing SPARC had significantly worse overall survival and disease-free survival. The role of SPARC in colorectal cancer cell and stroma as prognostic makers need further study after evaluation of monoclonal antibodies of SPARC because of different results [6].
SPARC has been shown to modulate response to chemotherapy. Addition of exogenous SPARC and/or forced expression of endogenous SPARC improved colon cancer cell response to chemotherapy in vitro [7]. Lower levels of SPARC expression in colorectal cancers may represent a "therapy-resistant" phenotype, and that biologically, low levels of SPARC negatively impacts a tumor's response to chemotherapy [8]. In the future, manipulating host-tumor interactions with the matricellular proteins such as SPARC may be important in preventing carcinogenesis or metastasis, and in treating carcinoma by re-establishing normal control mechanisms [9] or reducing drug resistance.


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