Neuropeptide Y receptors in primary human brain tumors: overexpression in high-grade tumors

Körner, Meike; Reubi, Jean Claude (2008). Neuropeptide Y receptors in primary human brain tumors: overexpression in high-grade tumors. Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology, 67(8), pp. 741-9. Hagerstown, Md.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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Peptide receptors are often overexpressed in tumors, and they may be targeted in vivo. We evaluated neuropeptide Y (NPY) receptor expression in 131 primary human brain tumors, including gliomas, embryonal tumors, meningiomas, and pituitary adenomas, by in vitro receptor autoradiography using the 125I-labeled NPY receptor ligand peptide YY in competition with NPY receptor subtype-selective analogs. Receptor functionality was investigated in selected cases using [35S]GTPgammaS-binding autoradiography. World Health Organization Grade IV glioblastomas showed a remarkably high expression of the NPY receptor subtype Y2 with respect to both incidence (83%) and density (mean, 4,886 dpm/mg tissue); astrocytomas World Health Organization Grades I to III and oligodendrogliomas also exhibited high Y2 incidences but low Y2 densities. In glioblastomas, Y2 agonists specifically stimulated [35S]GTPgammaS binding, suggesting that tumoral Y2 receptors were functional. Furthermore, nonneoplastic nerve fibers containing NPY peptide were identified in glioblastomas by immunohistochemistry. Medulloblastomas, primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS, and meningiomas expressed Y1 and Y2 receptor subtypes in moderate incidence and density. In conclusion, Y2 receptors in glioblastomas that are activated by NPY originating from intratumoral nerve fibers might mediate functional effects on the tumor cells. Moreover, identification of the high expression of NPY receptors in high-grade gliomas and embryonal brain tumors provides the basis for in vivo targeting.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Pathology

UniBE Contributor:

Körner Jachertz, Meike and Reubi-Kattenbusch, Jean-Claude


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health






Lippincott Williams & Wilkins




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04 Oct 2013 15:02

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15 Oct 2019 12:14

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