BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis is a very essential process in tumor biology. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), angiopoietin and its receptor (TIE-2) are very important mediators for angiogenesis. In this trial, we aimed to analyze the role of these mediators on chemotherapy response and survival.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty four cancer patients and 22 healthy controls were included in the study. Baseline serum samples were obtained from all participants and post-chemotherapy serum samples were obtained from the cancer patients. Serum vascular endothelial growth factor and TIE-2 levels were measured with quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay techniques.
RESULTS: The baseline serum vascular endothelial growth factor level was 187.5 and 120.2 pg/ml in cancer patients and the control group (p = 0.006). The baseline serum TIE-2 level was 615.9 and 242.5 pg/ml in the patients and control group (p < 0.001). There was a significant difference between patients’ baseline and post-chemotherapy VEGF levels (111.9 pg/ml; p < 0.001) and patients’ baseline and post-chemotherapy TIE-2 levels (344.5 pg/ml; p < 0.001). The overall survival rate was better in patients who had lower baseline VEGF and TIE-2 levels and whose TIE-2 level had decreased with chemotherapy.
CONCLUSIONS: Higher baseline TIE-2 and VEGF levels are related and worsen survival. Decreasing levels of TIE-2, but not VEGF, which, with chemotherapy, may be predictive for survival.Free PDF Download
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M.M. Seker, E. Sancaktar, D.O. Acibucu, A.K. Filiz, K. Deveci, A. Bahceci, T. Kacan, N. Babacan, S. Yuce
Prognostic value of serum Tie-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor levels in cancer patients
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 17 - N. 21