Clinical significance of L-type amino acid transporter 1 expression as a prognostic marker and potential of new targeting therapy in biliary tract cancer
BMC Cancer 2013, 13:482 doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-482Published: 16 October 2013
The expression of L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) has been described to play essential roles in tumor cell growth and survival. However, it remains unclear about the clinicopathological significance of LAT1 expression in biliary tract cancer. This study was conducted to determine biological significance of LAT1 expression and investigate whether LAT1 could be a prognostic biomarker for biliary tract cancer.
A total of 139 consecutive patients with resected pathologic stage I-IV biliary tract adenocarcinoma were retrospectively reviewed. Tumor specimens were stained by immunohistochemistry for LAT1, Ki-67, microvessel density determined by CD34, and p53; and prognosis of patients was correlated. Biological significance of LAT1 expression was investigated by in vitro and in vivo experiments with LAT inhibitor, 2-aminobicyclo-(2,2,1)-heptane-2-carboxylic acid (BCH) using cholangiocarcinoma cell line.
In total patients, high LAT1 expressions were recognized in 64.0%. The expression of LAT1 was closely correlated with lymphatic metastases, cell proliferation and angiogenesis, and was a significant indicator for predicting poor outcome after surgery. LAT1 expression was a significant independent predictor by multivariate analysis. Both in vitro and in vivo preliminary experiments indicated that BCH significantly suppressed growth of the tumor and yielded an additive therapeutic efficacy to gemcitabine and 5-FU.
High expression of LAT1 is a promising pathological marker to predict the outcome in patients with biliary tract adenocarcinoma. Inhibition of LAT1 may be an effective targeted therapy for this distressing disease.