Somatostatin receptor type 2 gene expression in neuroblastoma, measured by competitive RT-PCR, is related to patient survival and to somatostatin receptor imaging by indium -111-pentetreotide

Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019


BACKGROUND: We previously reported that human neuroblastoma cell lines and primary neuroblastoma tumors expressed a variable amount of mRNA for type 2 somatostatin (sst2) receptor gene. We also found that high level of sst2 expression were positively related to patient survival.

PROCEDURE: We studied retrospectively 49 primary neuroblastomas. To detect and measure sst2 mRNA expression we developed a quantitative RT-PCR based on competitive PCR. When possible the number of MYCN copies was also measured with competitive PCR. RESULTS;. We found that the lowest level of sst2 mRNA was detected in advanced stages of neuroblastomas (stage IV) when compared with the other stages (P<0.005). Patients with high levels of sst2 expression (>7 x 10(7) molecules/microg RNA) had a cumulative survival better than those with low sst2 expression (P<0.0005). This predictive independent value of sst2 (P= 0.005) is retained after stratification for N-myc amplification. Finally we verified that the ex vivo sst2 gene expression in tumor samples was positively related (P<0.01) to the in vivo semiquantitative determination of sst2 protein, assessed by 111In-pentetreotide imaging.

CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that the measurement of sst2 mRNA measurement could represent a relevant tool in the prediction of neuroblastoma outcome, independently from MYCN amplification.


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- Official Web Site: The Di Bella Method;

- Somatostatin in oncology, the overlooked evidences - In vitro, review and in vivo publications;

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- Neuroblastoma: Complete objective response to biological treatment;

- Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (grade IV – WHO 2007): a case of complete objective response achieved by means of the concomitant administration of Somatostatin and Octreotide – Retinoids – Vitamin E – Vitamin D3 – Vitamin C – Melatonin – D2 R agonists (Di Bella Method – DBM) associated with Temozolomide;

- The Di Bella Method DBM improved survival objective response and performance status in a retrospective observational clinical study on 23 tumours of the head and neck;

- Oesophageal squamocellular carcinoma: a complete and objective response.