Differential expression of glutathione S-transferases in germ cell tumors of human testes

Etel Institoris, Hanna Eid, I. Bodrogi, M. Bak

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Abstract

Glutathione S-transferase (GST) isoenzymes alfa, mu and pi were assessed by Western bloting in normal testes, seminomas and non-seminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). GST alfa an mu were strongly expressed in all normal specimens (n = 6), the pi isoform, however, could not or barely be detected. Ten (92%) of 11 seminomas had GST pi and only 2 (16%) showed alfa expression. In contrast, twelve (80%) of 15 NSGCTs showed a significant level of GST alfa and only 2 (13%) had GST pi expression. The absence or paucity of mu isoform was characteristic for all neoplastic testicular tissues. A statistically significant relationship (P = 0.21) could be established between GST alfa and stages of disease, i.e., alfa isoform was prevalent in the later stage (IIB, III) NSGCT tumors. These results suggest that the poor prognosis of the later stage NSGCTs may be due to their high GST alfa content, while the GST pi does not seem to have role in this relation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1727-1731
Number of pages5
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume18
Issue number3 A
Publication statusPublished - May 1998

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Germ Cell and Embryonal Neoplasms
Glutathione S-Transferase pi
Glutathione Transferase
Testis
Seminoma
Protein Isoforms
Isoenzymes
glutathione S-transferase alpha
Nonseminomatous germ cell tumor
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Germ cell neoplasia
  • Glutathione S-transferase
  • Western blot

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Differential expression of glutathione S-transferases in germ cell tumors of human testes. / Institoris, Etel; Eid, Hanna; Bodrogi, I.; Bak, M.

In: Anticancer Research, Vol. 18, No. 3 A, 05.1998, p. 1727-1731.

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