Secretin receptors in the human liver: expression in biliary tract and cholangiocarcinoma, but not in hepatocytes or hepatocellular carcinoma

Körner, Meike; Hayes, Gregory M; Rehmann, Ruth; Zimmermann, Arthur; Scholz, Arne; Wiedenmann, Bertram; Miller, Laurence J; Reubi, Jean Claude (2006). Secretin receptors in the human liver: expression in biliary tract and cholangiocarcinoma, but not in hepatocytes or hepatocellular carcinoma. Journal of hepatology, 45(6), pp. 825-35. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.jhep.2006.06.016

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Gut hormone receptors are over-expressed in human cancer and allow receptor-targeted tumor imaging and therapy. A novel promising receptor for these purposes is the secretin receptor. The secretin receptor expression was investigated in the human liver because the liver is a physiological secretin target and because novel diagnostic and treatment modalities are needed for liver cancer. METHODS: Nineteen normal livers, 10 cirrhotic livers, 35 cholangiocarcinomas, and 45 hepatocellular carcinomas were investigated for secretin receptor expression by in vitro receptor autoradiography using (125)I-[Tyr(10)] rat secretin and, in selected cases, for secretin receptor mRNA by RT-PCR. RESULTS: Secretin receptors were present in normal bile ducts and ductules, but not in hepatocytes. A significant receptor up-regulation was observed in ductular reaction in liver cirrhosis. Twenty-two (63%) cholangiocarcinomas were positive for secretin receptors, while hepatocellular carcinomas were negative. RT-PCR revealed wild-type receptor mRNA in the non-neoplastic liver, wild-type and spliced variant receptor mRNAs in cholangiocarcinomas found receptor positive in autoradiography experiments, and no receptor transcripts in autoradiographically negative cholangiocarcinomas. CONCLUSIONS: The expression of secretin receptors in the biliary tract is the molecular basis of the secretin-induced bicarbonate-rich choleresis in man. The high receptor expression in cholangiocarcinomas may be used for in vivo secretin receptor-targeting of these tumors and for the differential diagnosis with hepatocellular carcinoma.

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04 Oct 2013 14:48

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