Objective: Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) has been reported the cause of many biological events, including cell proliferation, invasiveness, morphogenesis, and angiogenesis. Elevated HGF content in tumor tissue was reported to predict a more aggressive biology in breast and gastric cancer patients.
Materials and methods: Eighty patients with invasive pancreatic cancer investigated. Venous blood samples were collected before the surgery. Sera were obtained by centrifugation and stored at -70 degrees C until assayed. The control group created from healthy individuals. Serum concentrations of soluble HGF were measured by the quantitative sandwich enzyme immunoassay technique.
Results: The mean value of serum soluble HGF in patients with invasive pancreatic cancer was 497.2 +/- 53.8 pg/ml and that of control group was 53.6 +/- 7.5 pg/ml and the difference was significant (p < 0.001).
Conclusion: The serum levels of soluble HGF might reflect the severity of invasive pancreatic cancer and deserve further evaluation (Tab. 2, Ref. 19). Full Text (Free, PDF) www.bmj.sk.