Immunohistochemical profile of galectin-8 expression in benign and malignant tumors of epithelial, mesenchymatous and adipous origins, and of the nervous system

  • Roberl Kiss
  • A. Danguy
  • S. Rorive
  • C. Decaestecker
  • Y. Bronckart
  • H. Kaltner
  • Y. R. Hadari
  • R. Goren
  • Y. Zich
  • M. Petein
  • l. Salmon
  • H. J. Gabius
Keywords: galectin-8, immunohistochemistry, human tissues, lectin, diagnosis


This study aims to investigate whether the immunohistochemical expression of galectin-8 could be used as a diagnostic marker in tumor tissues of various histogenetic origins including specimens from epithelial (n=145), mesenchymatous (n=16), adipous (n=10) and central and peripheral nervous system (n=25) tissue, and 4 mesotheliomas. Immunohistochemical reactions were carried out with a polyclonal anti-galectin-8 antibody and histological slides from tissues derived from the files of the Laboratory of Anatomopathology of University Erasmus Hospital, Brussels. Formalin-fixed paraffinembedded tissues of 45 normal cases as well as 41 benign and 114 malignant tumors were studied. Marked decreases in immunohistochemical galectin-8 expression were obsewed in colon (p=0.001), pancreas (p=0.007), liver (p=0.0008), skin (p=0.002) and larynx (p=0.02) tissue when comparing malignant tissue to normal tissue andlor benign tumors. The reverse relationship was observed for breast tissue (p=0.007). No statistically significant differences (p>0.05) were detected when comparing normal tissue andlor benign to malignant tumors in lung, bladder, kidney, prostate and stomach tissue. Significant galectin-8 expression was also measured in non-epithelial tissue including tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system as well as in skeletal muscle and mesotheliomas. Immunohistochemical monitoring of galectin-8 thus reveals an organtype- dependent regulation of expression upon malignant transformation of various tissue types of epithelial origin. This observation will prompt further studies to delineate any relationship with prognosis