Robert Beauchamp
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Urine PGE-M: A metabolite of prostaglandin E2 as a potential biomarker of advanced colorectal neoplasia.

Johnson JC, Schmidt CR, Shrubsole MJ, Billheimer DD, Joshi PR, Morrow JD, Heslin MJ, Washington MK, Ness RM, Zheng W, Schwartz DA, Coffey RJ, Beauchamp RD, Merchant NB
Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006 4 (11): 1358-65

PMID: 16996805 · DOI:10.1016/j.cgh.2006.07.015

BACKGROUND & AIMS - The enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 is expressed in a majority of colorectal carcinomas (CRCs) and is important in prostaglandin production. We have developed an accurate method to measure the urinary metabolite of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE-M) using recently developed mass spectrometric techniques. The purpose of this pre-validation study was to determine if urinary PGE-M levels can be used as a biomarker to discriminate between healthy patients and those with colorectal disease.

METHODS - Urine PGE-M was assessed in a total of 228 patients with CRC, colonic adenomatous polyps, Crohn's disease, and in subjects with no endoscopically detectable disease. Thirteen rectal carcinoma patients were treated with celecoxib and urinary PGE-M was measured before and after treatment.

RESULTS - Urine PGE-M levels were increased among healthy men compared with healthy women (median, 8.59 [interquartile range (IQR), 5.67-22.3] vs 4.25 [IQR, 2.35-6.03], P = .0027). Urine PGE-M levels among patients with Crohn's disease (median, 19.85 [IQR, 6.89-90.2]), CRC (median, 14.65 [IQR, 5.94-92.1]), or large adenomas greater than 1 cm in size (median, 18.85 [IQR, 11.9-25.6]) were significantly increased when compared with patients who had either small polyps less than 1 cm in size (median, 9.69 [IQR, 6.41-22.2]), or no polyps (median, 7.05 [IQR, 2.35-24.7]) (P = .0001). PGE-M levels decreased significantly after celecoxib treatment in patients with rectal cancer (median, 21.7 [IQR, 16.2-29.9] vs 9.14 [IQR, 7.14-13.2], P = .009).

CONCLUSIONS - The increase in urinary PGE-M in patients with colorectal cancers and large adenomas suggests that urinary PGE-M is a potentially useful biomarker for the detection of advanced colorectal neoplasia.

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Adenoma Aged Biomarkers, Tumor Colonic Polyps Colorectal Neoplasms Crohn Disease Cyclooxygenase 2 Female Humans Immunohistochemistry Logistic Models Male Middle Aged Prostaglandins Sensitivity and Specificity

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