Thesis or Dissertation Breast cancer sphingosine-1-phosphate is associated with phospho-sphingosine kinase 1 and lymphatic metastasis

Tsuchida, Junko  ,  土田, 純子

2017-09-20 , 新潟大学
学位の種類: 博士(医学). 報告番号: 甲第4366号. 学位記番号: 新大院博(医)甲第779号. 学位授与年月日: 平成29年9月20日
Journal of Surgical Research. 2016, 205(1), 85-94.
Background: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a pleiotropic bioactive lipid mediator, has been implicated as a key regulatory molecule in cancer through its ability to promote cell proliferation, migration, angiogenesis, and lymphangiogenesis. Previous studies suggested that S1P produced by sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) in breast cancer plays important roles in progression of disease and metastasis. However, the associations between S1P and clinical parameters in human breast cancer have not been well investigated to date. Materials and methods: We determined levels of S1P and other sphingolipids in breast cancer tissue by electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry. Associations between S1P levels and clinicopathologic features of the tumors were analyzed. Expression of phospho-SphK1 (pSphK1) in breast cancer tissues was determined by immunohistochemical scoring. Results: Levels of S1P in breast cancer tissues were significantly higher in patients with high white blood cell count in the blood than those patients without. S1P levels were lower in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 overexpression and/or amplification than those patients without. Furthermore, cancer tissues with high pSphK1 expression showed significantly higher levels of S1P than cancer tissues without. Finally, patients with lymph node metastasis showed significantly higher levels of S1P in tumor tissues than the patients with negative nodes. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate that high expression of pSphK1 is associated with higher levels of S1P, which in turn is associated with lymphatic metastasis in breast cancer.

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