Loss of E-Cadherin and β-Catenin is correlated with poor prognosis of ampullary neoplasms

Hui Ping Hsu, Yan Shen Shan, Ying Tai Jin, Ming Derg Lai, Pin Wen Lin

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Background and Objectives: Distant metastasis resulting from carcinoma cell detachment from the primary tumor involves modification of adhesion molecules. This study was conducted to examine the correlation of E-cadherin/β-catenin expression with survival and recurrence in ampullary neoplasms. Methods: Patients with diagnoses of ampullary neoplasms were enrolled in the study. Demographics, operative findings, and histopathological data were collected by retrospective chart review. Expression of E-cadherin and β-catenin were detected by immunohistochemistry. Results: A total of 110 patients were enrolled in the study. Preservation of membranous staining of E-cadherin was noted in 41 (37%) patients, aberrant cytoplasmic staining in 48 (44%) patients, and complete loss in 21 (19%) patients. Loss of E-cadherin was associated with pancreatic invasion, recurrence, and poor prognosis. Membranous staining of β-catenin was noted in 65 (59%) patients, cytoplasmic or nuclear accumulation in 16 (15%) patients, and complete loss in 29 (26%) patients. Loss of β-catenin expression was associated with tumor markers, ulcerative type, liver metastases, and poor prognosis. Pancreatic invasion, lymph node involvement, and loss of β-catenin expression were predictors of disease recurrence. Conclusions: Loss of the E-cadherin/β-catenin complex is related to poor prognosis in ampullary cancer. Loss of β-catenin is predictor of recurrence in multivariate analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-362
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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