Stromal tenascin distribution as a prognostic marker in colorectal cancer

Br J Cancer. 1997;76(4):526-30. doi: 10.1038/bjc.1997.419.


A total of 169 colorectal adenocarcinomas, obtained from patients with a median follow-up of 6.5 years, were studied with immunohistochemical staining on cryosections using a monoclonal anti-tenascin antibody to evaluate the possible association between the staining patterns and tumour stage, tumour differentiation and survival. We found two different staining patterns in the tumour stroma--a diffuse stromal fibrillar staining in 92 out of 169 (54%) tumours and a subglandular staining in the remaining 77 tumours. When the entire group of patients (P < 0.01) and the group of potentially cured patients (P < 0.03) were analysed univariately, it was found that diffuse stromal fibrillar staining was associated with a shorter survival time than subglandular staining. In a multivariate analysis, the Dukes' stage and age were independent prognostic factors, whereas the tenascin expression did not retain a clear independent relationship to survival (P = 0.06). Hence, it appears that the tumour expression of tenascin may be a potential prognostic marker in colorectal cancer, in so far as a diffuse stromal fibrillar staining pattern seems to indicate an increased risk of poor outcome. However, after adjustment for age and Dukes' stage, the additional prognostic value of tenascin remains to be established in further analyses.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / chemistry*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Prognosis
  • Stromal Cells / chemistry
  • Tenascin / analysis*


  • Tenascin