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Serotonin Receptors and Acetylcholinesterase Gene Expression Alternations: The Potential Value on Tumor Microenvironment of Gastric Cancer

Authors
  • Abedini, Fatemeh
  • Amjadi, Omolbanin
  • Hedayatizadeh-Omran, Akbar
  • Lira, Sergio A
  • Ahangari, Ghasem
Type
Published Article
Journal
Oncology
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
May 03, 2023
Volume
101
Issue
7
Pages
415–424
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000530878
PMID: 37231904
Source
Karger
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Clinical Study
License
Green
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Abstract

Introduction: Gastric cancer is one of the common causes of cancer-related death in the world. Neurotransmitters have recently been related to the proliferation of cancer cells, but the role of neurotransmitters in the progression of gastric cancer is still unexplored. The cross-talk between the nervous system and immune cells through serotonin and its receptors in the tumor microenvironment can impact tumor progress. Our purpose is to expose probable changes in serotonin receptors, acetylcholinesterase, and monoamine oxidase A gene expression in gastric cancer. Methods: Transcript of serotonin receptors (5-HTR2A, 5-HTR2B, 5-HTR3A, 5-HTR7) and monoamine oxidase A genes in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (40 patients and 40 control) and tissue (21 tumors and 21 normal adjacent tissues) were assessed. The gene expression was analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR using suitable primers. Statistical analysis was performed using appropriate software (REST, Prism). Results: Significantly higher amounts of 5-HTR2A, 5-HTR2B, 5-HTR3A, 5-HTR7, and acetylcholinesterase gene transcripts were found in the peripheral blood of gastric cancer patients compared with healthy individuals. The expression of 5-HTR2B and 5-HTR3A genes was significantly higher (p = 0.0250, p = 0.0005, respectively) and the acetylcholinesterase gene was lower in the tissue of patients (p = 0.0119) compared with adjacent normal tissue. Conclusion: This study highlights the role of serotonin receptors in gastric cancer that might have suggestions for the development of novel therapeutics and defensive approaches that target factors associated with the link between the nervous system, cancer cells, and the tumor microenvironment.

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