Bcl-2 and p53 immunophenotypes in colorectal adenocarcinoma in type 2 diabetes mellitus versus non-diabetic patients

Vol. 63 No. 3, 2022


Horatiu-Cristian Popescu-Valceanu, Mihai Ciprian Stoicea, Valentin Enache, Razvan Matei Bratu, Petronel Mustatea, Ramona Maria Dragut, Emilia Rusu, Constantin Ionescu-Tirgoviste, Gabriela Radulian

We aimed to investigate immunohistochemical expression of the p53 tumor suppressor protein, and the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) apoptotic protein in colorectal adenocarcinoma patients with or without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Tissue sections from 95 paraffin-embedded colorectal adenocarcinomas, originating from 52 T2DM and 43 non-diabetic patients, were immunostained for p53 [Ventana mouse monoclonal primary antibody (mAb) in vitro diagnostic (IVD) anti-p53, clone Bp53-11] and Bcl-2 (Ventana mAb IVD anti-Bcl-2, clone Bcl-2/124). Immunohistochemistry analysis did not find statistically significant differences between the two groups, but analysis on subgroups of patients in terms of presence or absence of obesity identified overexpression of p53 (>70% of cells) in the T2DM obese patients compared to non-diabetics. Overexpression of p53 was present in 80% of tumor cells coming from T2DM obese patients compared to 37.2% of tumor cells coming from non-diabetics obese and non-obese, and in 36.6% of tumor cells coming from non-diabetic non-obese patients (p=0.024). There was a single non-diabetic obese patient with p53 overexpression. Most cancer cells of T2DM obese patients presented more frequently p53 overexpression by comparison with cancer cells of the T2DM non-obese patients (80% vs 40.5%, p=0.028). Bcl-2/p53 co-expression was an infrequent event in T2DM patients group. The results of this study suggest that patients with colorectal adenocarcinoma that associate T2DM and obesity exhibit higher p53 protein expression in malignant cells. In conclusion, our research highlights that obesity is a potential key factor in the relationship between T2DM and colorectal cancer.

Corresponding author: Emilia Rusu, Associate Professor, MD, PhD; e-mail: emiliarusumd@yahoo.com

DOI: 10.47162/RJME.63.3.06 Download PDF
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