Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-40733
Scharl, M; Weber, A; Fürst, A; Farkas, S; Jehle, E; Pesch, T; Kellermeier, S; Fried, M; Rogler, G (2011). Potential role for snail family transcription factors in the etiology of Crohn's disease-associated fistulae. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 17(9):1907-1916.
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BACKGROUND:: Fistulae represent an important clinical complication of Crohn's disease (CD). The fistula tracts are covered by flat, myofibroblast-like cells with an epithelial origin (transitional cells, TC). We recently demonstrated a role of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the pathogenesis of CD-associated fistulae. EMT is associated with an increased migratory and invasive potential of epithelial cells in different tissues. Here we investigated whether cytokines or growth factors as well as EMT-associated SNAIL family transcription factors are expressed in CD fistulae. METHODS:: By immunohistochemistry we analyzed seven perianal fistulae from seven CD and two perianal fistulae from two non-inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) control patients. Hematoxylin and eosin staining or immunohistochemistry for the expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), TNF-receptor I (TNF-RI), SNAIL1, SLUG, fibroblast growth factors (FGF) 1, 2, 4, 7, epidermal growth factor (EGF), and TWIST were performed using standard techniques. RESULTS:: Immunohistochemical staining of surgical specimens from CD patients revealed a strong expression of TNF and TNF-RI in and around fistula tracts. While SNAIL1 was also heavily expressed in the nuclei of TC, indicative of transcriptionally active protein, SLUG, FGF-1, and FGF-2 were detected rather in the fibrotic periphery of CD fistulae than in TC. In contrast, we did not detect considerable protein staining for FGF-4 and FGF-7 nor of EGF or the transcription factor, TWIST. CONCLUSIONS:: Our data demonstrate that SNAIL1 and TNF are strongly expressed in TC of CD-associated fistulae. These observations support our previous data and indicate the onset of EMT-associated events in the pathogenesis of CD fistulae. (Inflamm Bowel Dis 2010;).
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Surgical Pathology|
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Gastroenterology and Hepatology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Oncology
|DDC:||610 Medicine & health|
|Deposited On:||13 Jan 2011 20:03|
|Last Modified:||23 Nov 2012 13:25|
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