Nuclear β-catenin expression is rare and its potential association with short survival in colorectal signet-ring cell carcinoma

Sze Chuen Cesar Wong, A. T.C. Chan, E. S.F. Lo, Y. M.D. Lo

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Colorectal signet-ring cell carcinoma (SRCC) is a rare cancer and the prognosis is usually very poor. The biologic pathways involved in its oncogenesis are unknown. β-catenin, a key target in the Wnt-signaling pathway, is recognized to play an important role in the carcinogenesis in conventional colorectal carcinoma. This study explores the involvement of Wnt-signaling molecules β-catenin and cyclin D1, cell cycle regulators cyclin D3, proliferative index Ki-67, apoptotic index, and angiogenic indicator CD31 in 20 colorectal SRCC paraffin-embedded specimens. Results showed that there were 2 specimens with nuclear β-catenin and higher expression of cyclin D1 than the remaining 18 specimens. Surprisingly, those 2 patients had a much shorter survival of 6 months than the remaining 15 patients, who had around 24 months. Moreover, all colorectal SRCC specimens had an overexpression of cyclin D1, cyclin D3, and Ki-67, as well as much more angiogenesis and apoptosis than adjacent normal epithelial tissues. The authors make the preliminary comment that nuclear β-catenin is a rare phenomenon in colorectal SRCC, but the involvement of it may indicate a worse prognosis with shorter survival than colorectal SRCC without nuclear β-catenin expression. Besides, overexpression of cyclin D1, cyclin D3, Ki-67, and increased angiogenesis and apoptosis may play a vital role in promoting colorectal SRCC development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • β-catenin
  • Colorectal
  • Signet-ring cell carcinoma
  • Wnt signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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