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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-20524

Zieker, D; Königsrainer, I; Tritschler, I; Löffler, M; Beckert, S; Traub, F; Nieselt, K; Bühler, S; Weller, M; Gaedcke, J; Taichman, R S; Northoff, H; Brücher, B L; Königsrainer, A (2010). Phosphoglycerate kinase 1 a promoting enzyme for peritoneal dissemination in gastric cancer. International Journal of Cancer, 126(6):1513-1520.

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Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a frequent finding in gastric cancer associated with a poor prognosis. The features that enable gastric tumors to disseminate are poorly understood until now. Previously, we showed elevated mRNA levels of phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (PGK1), an ATP-generating enzyme in the glycolytic pathway, the chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4), the corresponding chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12) and beta-catenin in specimens from gastric cancer patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis. In this study the influence of PGK1 on CXCR4 and beta-catenin was assessed as well as the invasiveness of PGK1 overexpressing cancer cells. In this current study we found that PGK1 regulates the expression of CXCR4 and beta-catenin at the mRNA and protein levels. On the other hand, CXCR4 regulates the expression of PGK1. Plasmid-mediated overexpression of PGK1 dramatically increased the invasiveness of gastric cancer cells. Interestingly, inhibition of CXCR4 in cells overexpressing PGK1 produced only a moderate reduction of invasiveness, suggesting that PGK1 itself has a critical role in tumor invasiveness. Immunohistochemistry in specimens from diffuse gastric cancer patients also revealed an overexpression of PGK1 in patients with development of peritoneal carcinomatosis. Therefore, PGK1 may be a crucial enzyme in peritoneal dissemination. Together these findings suggest that the enhanced expression of PGK1 and its signaling targets CXCR4 and beta-catenin in gastric cancer cells promote peritoneal carcinomatosis. Thus, PGK1 may serve as prognostic marker and/or be a potential therapeutic target to prevent dissemination of gastric carcinoma cells into the peritoneum. (c) 2009 UICC.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:15 March 2010
Deposited On:01 Sep 2009 12:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:20
Additional Information:The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com / The attached file is a preprint (accepted version) of an article published in International Journal of Cancer.
Publisher DOI:10.1002/ijc.24835
PubMed ID:19688824

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