Heightened NTPDase-1/CD39 expression and angiogenesis in radiation proctitis

Sheth, Sunil; Bleibel, Wissam; Thukral, Chandrashekhar; A-Rahim, Yousif; Beldi, Guido; Csizmadia, Eva; Robson, Simon C (2009). Heightened NTPDase-1/CD39 expression and angiogenesis in radiation proctitis. Purinergic signalling, 5(3), pp. 321-6. Dordrecht: Springer 10.1007/s11302-009-9154-2

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Radiation proctitis is an inflammatory process associated with persistent and refractory lower gastrointestinal bleeding. Purinergic signaling regulates hemostasis, inflammation, and angiogenesis. For example, CD39, the vascular ectonucleotidase, blocks platelet activation and is required for angiogenesis. Whether CD39 expression is affected by radiation injury is unknown. The aim of this work was to study CD39 expression patterns after clinical radiation injury to the rectum. We prospectively enrolled eight patients with radiation proctitis and five gender-matched controls. Biopsies were taken from normal-appearing rectal mucosa of controls and from the normal sigmoid and abnormal rectum of patients. Expression patterns of CD39, P2Y2 receptor, CD31, CD61 integrin, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 were examined by immunostaining; levels of CD39 were further evaluated by Western blots. Chronic inflammatory lesions of radiation proctitis were associated with heightened levels of angiogenesis. Immunohistochemical stains showed increased vascular expression of CD39, as confirmed by Western blots. CD39 was co-localized with vascular endothelial markers CD31 and CD61 integrin, as well as expressed by stromal tissues. Development of neovasculature and associated CD39 expression in radiation proctitis may be associated with the chronic, refractory bleeding observed in this condition.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine > Visceral Surgery

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Beldi, Guido








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04 Oct 2013 15:09

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/30510 (FactScience: 194564)

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