Brief Article
Copyright ©2012 Baishideng Publishing Group Co.
World J Gastroenterol. Feb 28, 2012; 18(8): 840-846
Published online Feb 28, 2012. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v18.i8.840
Figure 1
Figure 1 Fibrotic focus in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. A: In the fibrotic focus, fibroblasts and collagen fibers are radially aligned around the tumor cells (× 200); B: A pattern different from that in the surrounding pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma stroma where the fibroblasts and collagen fibers are arranged in an orderly fashion (× 100).
Figure 2
Figure 2 Fibroblast activation protein expression in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. A: Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) expression in carcinoma cells is located mainly on the cell membrane and in the cytoplasm (× 200); B: FAP-positive fibroblasts are mainly located adjacent to carcinoma tissue (× 200); C: FAP is expressed in carcinoma cells and in fibroblasts adjacent to carcinoma tissue (× 100); D: The adjacent noncancerous pancreatic ducts show no positive staining for FAP and fibroblasts away from the tumor tissues rarely express FAP (× 200).
Figure 3
Figure 3 Western blotting analysis of fibroblast activation protein in pancreatic cancer cell lines. All four cell lines express fibroblast activation protein (FAP) with protein bands corresponding to the proteolytically active 170-kDa seprase dimer and its 88-kDa seprase subunit protein. GAPDH: Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.
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Figure 4 Kaplan-Meier survival curves of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma patients. The prognosis was significantly worse in the fibroblast activation protein (FAP)-positive group compared with the FAP-negative group (P = 0.0085).