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High expression of tumour-associated trypsin inhibitor correlates with liver metastasis and poor prognosis in colorectal cancer
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2009 (English)In: British Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0007-0920, E-ISSN 1532-1827, Vol. 100, no 10, 1540-1548 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Increased expression of tumour-associated trypsin inhibitor (TATI) in tumour tissue and/or serum has been associated with poor survival in various cancer forms. Moreover, a proinvasive function of TATI has been shown in colon cancer cell lines. In this study, we have examined the prognostic significance of tumour-specific TATI expression in colorectal cancer, assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) on tissue microarrays (TMAs) with tumour specimens from two independent patient cohorts. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazards modelling were used to estimate time to recurrence, disease-free survival and overall survival. In both cohorts, a high (>50% of tumour cells) TATI expression was an independent predictor of a significantly shorter overall survival. In cohort II, in multivariate analysis including age, gender, disease stage, differentiation grade, vascular invasion and carcinoembryonal antigen (CEA), high TATI expression was associated with a significantly decreased overall survival (HR=1.82; 95% CI=1.19-2.79) and disease-free survival (HR=1.56; 95% CI=1.05-2.32) in curatively treated patients. Moreover, there was an increased risk for liver metastasis in both cohorts that remained significant in multivariate analysis in cohort II (HR=2.85; 95% CI=1.43-5.66). In conclusion, high TATI expression is associated with liver metastasis and is an independent predictor of poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer.

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2009. Vol. 100, no 10, 1540-1548 p.
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colorectal cancer, TATI, prognosis, liver metastasis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122475DOI: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605047ISI: 000266025100005PubMedID: 19384300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122475DiVA: diva2:310222
Available from: 2010-04-13 Created: 2010-04-13 Last updated: 2010-07-29Bibliographically approved

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