Adipo-R1 and Adipo-R2 Expression in Colorectal Adenomas and Carcinomas

  • Ayyildiz, Talat (Department of Gastroenterology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University) ;
  • Dolar, Enver (Department of Gastroenterology, Medical Faculty, Uludag University) ;
  • Ugras, Nesrin (Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Uludag University) ;
  • Eminler, Ahmet Tarik (Department of Gastroenterology, Medical Faculty, Sakarya University) ;
  • Erturk, Banu (Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Faculty, Erciyes University) ;
  • Adim, Saduman Balaban (Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Uludag University) ;
  • Yerci, Omer (Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Uludag University)
  • Published : 2015.02.04


Background: Human adiponectin (ApN), a 30 kDa glycoprotein of 244-amino acids which is predominantly produced by adipocytes, exerts its effects via two receptors, namely adiponectin receptor-1 (adipo-R1) and adiponectin receptor-2 (adipo-R2) with differential binding affinity to globular adiponectin. Adiponectin receptor expression has been studied in several cancer tissues. However, there are no studies of colorectal adenomas which are considered to be precursors for colorectal carcinoma (CRC). Objectives: In the present study, the expression of adipo-R1 and adipo-R2 was investigated immunohistochemically in colorectal adenomas and colorectal carcinoma tissues in an attempt to determine associations with these tumors. Materials and Methods: The study enrolled 50 CRC patients with tumor resection and 82 patients who were diagnosed with adenomatous polyps, classified as negative for neoplasia, low-grade dysplasia (L-GD) or high- grade dysplasia (H-GD). Results: Expression of both adipo-R1 and adipo-R2 was found to be significantly lower in the CRCs than in colorectal adenomas (tubular and tubulovillous, p=0.009 and p<0.001, respectively). Adipo-R1 and adipo-R2 expression was also significantly lower in the CRC group when compared with the groups of patients with low grade dysplasia, high-grade dysplasia or no neoplasia (p=0.012 and p<0.001, respectively). In addition, it was observed that adipo-R2 expression was generally positive in the non-neoplastic group irrespective of the adipo-R2 expression. In the L-GD, H-GD and CRC groups, the adipo-R2 result was positive whenever adipo-R1 result was positive but some patients with negative adipo-R1 had positive adipo-R2 (p<0.001, p=0.004, p<0.001, respectively). Conclusions: This study indicated that ApN may play a role in the progression of colorectal adenomatous polyps to carcinoma through actions on adipo-R1 and adipo-R2 receptors.



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