In a prospective multicenter phase II trial of radioembolization with yttrium-90 ( 90 Y-RE) in chemorefractory liver-dominant metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), we showed that median survival was 12.6 months (95% CI 7.0-18.3) with 48% of 50 patients achieving disease control. In this extension retrospective study, we analyzed whether a panel of biomarkers, known to be associated to an adverse clinical outcome, underwent variations in CRC liver metastases pre and post 90 Y-RE.Of the 50 patients included in the study, 29 pre- 90 Y-RE therapy and 15 post- 90 Y-RE had liver biopsy specimens available. In these series we investigated survivin, p53, Bcl-2 and Ki-67 expression pre- and post- 90 Y-RE by immuhistochemistry (IHC). Our findings evidenced a decrease of survivin (77% vs 33%), p53 (93% vs 73%), Bcl-2 (37% vs 26%) expression as well as of Ki-67 proliferation index (62.5% vs 40%) on liver biopsies collected post- 90 Y-RE as compared to pre- 90 Y-RE. In the subset of 13 matched liver metastases we further confirmed the reduction of survivin (92.3% vs 53.8%; p = 0.06), p53 (100% vs 69.2%; p = 0.05) and Bcl-2 (69.2% vs 53.8%; p = 0.05) expression post- 90 Y-RE. This biomarker modulation was accompanied by morphological changes as steatohepatitis, hepatocyte necrosis, collagen deposition, proliferating and/or bile duct ectasia, focal sinusoidal dilatation and fibrosis.Although our analysis was conducted in a very limited number cases, these changes appear strictly related to the response to 90 Y-RE therapy and may deserve further investigation on a larger series of patients. © 2013 Melucci et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Melucci, E., Cosimelli, M., Carpanese, L., Pizzi, G., Izzo, F., Fiore, F., … Mottolese, M. (2013). Decrease of survivin, p53 and Bcl-2 expression in chemorefractory colorectal liver metastases may be predictive of radiosensivity after radioembolization with yttrium-90 resin microspheres. Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, 32(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-9966-32-13