A Disintegrin and Metalloproteinase 8 as a Potential Blood Biomarker for Early Diagnosis of Gastric Cancer

Yonsei Med J. 2019 Aug;60(8):713-719. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2019.60.8.713.


Purpose: We aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 8 (ADAM 8) as a potential blood biomarker for gastric cancer (GC).

Materials and methods: Blood ADAM 8 was measured by ELISA. Cytokines/chemokines [interleukin-23 (IL-23), stromal cell-derived factor 1α/CXC chemokine ligand 12 (SDF-1α/CXCL12), interleukin-8 (IL-8), and soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L)] were measured by chemiluminescent immunoassay. They were compared among five groups; normal/gastritis, high-risk, early GC (EGC), advanced GC (AGC) without distant metastasis, and AGC with distant metastasis by one-way analysis of variance in both training (n=80) and validation dataset (n=241). Clinicopathological features of GC and GC-associated cytokines were evaluated for their correlations with blood ADAM 8. To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy to predict GC, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and logistic regression were used.

Results: Blood ADAM 8 significantly increased along GC carcinogenesis in both training (ANOVA, p<0.001) and validation dataset (p<0.001). It was significantly higher in EGC compared to high-risk (post-hoc Bonferroni, p=0.041) and normal (p<0.001). It was also higher in AGC compared with high-risk (p<0.001) and normal (p<0.001) groups. However, no significant difference was found between cancer groups. Blood ADAM 8 was correlated with N-stage (Spearman's correlation, γs=0.320, p=0.011), but not with T-stage or M-stage. Pearson's correlations showed blood ADAM 8 was closely correlated with pre-inflammatory cytokines, IL-23 (p=0.036) and SDF-1α/CXCL12 (p=0.037); however, it was not correlated with pro-angiogenic cytokine IL-8 (p=0.313), and sCD40L (p=0.702). ROC curve and logistic regression demonstrated that blood ADAM 8 showed higher diagnostic accuracy (sensitivity, 73.7%; specificity, 86.2%) than CEA (sensitivity, 23.1%; specificity, 91.4%). Combination of ADAM 8 and CEA further increased the diagnostic accuracy to predict GC (sensitivity, 81.8%; specificity, 84.0%).

Conclusion: Blood ADAM 8 is a promising biomarker for early detection of GC.

Keywords: A disintegrin and metalloproteinase (ADAM 8); blood biomarker; diagnostic; early detection; gastric cancer.

MeSH terms

  • ADAM Proteins / blood*
  • Area Under Curve
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / blood*
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen / blood
  • Cytokines / blood
  • Early Detection of Cancer*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Membrane Proteins / blood*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • ROC Curve
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Stomach Neoplasms / blood*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • Carcinoembryonic Antigen
  • Cytokines
  • Membrane Proteins
  • ADAM Proteins
  • ADAM8 protein, human