|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 121-125
Quantitative study of vimentin gene methylation in stool samples for colorectal cancer screening
Behfar Pakbaz1, Raheleh Jabinin2, Narjes Soltani1, Hossein Ayatollahi1, Mohammad Reza Farzanehfar1
1 Department of Gastroenterology and Pathology and Cytogenetic, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Department of Biotechnology Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
|Date of Web Publication||2-Jul-2019|
Dr. Mohammad Reza Farzanehfar
Department of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Due to importance of screening for colorectal cancer the present study was conducted and aimed at investigating the quantitative methylation of vimentin gene in stool, tumor tissue, and healthy tissue of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) in comparison with healthy individuals. This is a case-control study in which we measures methylation of the vimentin in tumoral tissue, normal tissue and stool specimens were collected from forty-nine CRC patients as case group and stool and normal tissue specimens were collected from thirty healthy individuals as control group. There was no statistically significant difference in methylation of vimentin in normal tissue (P > 0.05) between the two groups. Moreover, the status of methylated or unmethylated vimentin gene in tumor and stool tissues in the case group was not significantly correlated with their mean age and sex (P > 0.05). This study showed that the specificity and sensitivity of vimentin methylation in stool of CRC patients are 100% and 60%, respectively. Furthermore, the methylation of vimentin in stool of CRC patients has a high-positive predictive value (100%). The results of this study suggested that methylation of the vimentin gene in the stool can be used as a specific marker for the detection and screening of CRC.
Keywords: Colorectal cancer, methylation, screening, stool, vimentin
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Pakbaz B, Jabinin R, Soltani N, Ayatollahi H, Farzanehfar MR. Quantitative study of vimentin gene methylation in stool samples for colorectal cancer screening. J Adv Pharm Technol Res 2019;10:121-5
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Pakbaz B, Jabinin R, Soltani N, Ayatollahi H, Farzanehfar MR. Quantitative study of vimentin gene methylation in stool samples for colorectal cancer screening. J Adv Pharm Technol Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Jun 2];10:121-5. Available from: http://www.japtr.org/text.asp?2019/10/3/121/261967
| Introduction|| |
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is considered as one of the most common malignant tumors in the gastrointestinal tract. It is the common cause of death throughout the world. Its prevalence is higher in men than that in women and is increasing significantly with aging. CRC, as a life-threatening malignant tumor, is the second leading cancer in men following lung cancer. It is also the third most common cancer among women, following breast and lung cancers.,, The development of carcinoma from adenoma is known as adenoma-carcinoma. Most cases of CRC are adenocarcinomas, originating almost from adenomas. Adenoma is a neoplastic polyp, which varies from small and mobile tumors to large and stable lesions. Two distinct pathogenic pathways are involved in the development of CRC, and gradual accumulation of different mutations is involved in these pathways. The first pathway is Adenomatous Polyposis Coli gene (APC)/β-catenin, characterized by chromosomal instability. It leads to gradual accumulation of mutations in a set of tumor suppressor genes and enzymes. The second pathway is characterized by genetic lesions in DNA mismatch repair genes, which are sporadic in 10%–15% of cases. Among these DNA mismatch repair genes, MLH1 is one of the most well-known genes involved in carcinogenesis.,
| Materials and Methods|| |
This research was a case–control study performed on 79 patients who admitted to the endoscopy ward of Ghaem Hospital and Imam Reza Hospital in Mashhad from May to March 2017 using EpiTect Plus FFPE Bisulfite kits. The research inclusion criteria for case group were the malignant colon tumor approved by the pathologist and observing the tumor through colonoscopy and for control group were the participants who underwent colonoscopy due to hemorrhoid or screening and lack of malignant lesion in the colonoscopy and no family history of colon cancer. The research exclusion criteria were benign tumor in pathological examination of the samples, hemodynamic instability during endoscopy (BP <90.60 and HR >110), and patient dissatisfaction. In this study, the delta-delta Ct method was used for real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). In relative quantitative measurement, the considered gene information is shown relative to a calibrator or an internal gene control. The data were analyzed by the statistical tests using SPSS 11.5, IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows (IBM SPSS, Armonk, NY, USA).
Primary colorectal tumor samples and normal tissue samples surrounding the tumor (5–10 cm distant from the tumor) were collected from 49 patients. The tissue samples were taken from the control group. In addition, stool samples were collected from both case and control groups. Then, DNA was extracted from normal and colon cancer tissue samples. DNA was extracted from normal and cancer tissues using FavorPrep Tissue Genomic DNA Extraction Mini Kit. DNA was also extracted from stool samples of patients with CRC and healthy participants using the QIAamp DNA Stool Mini Kit. EpiTect® Fast DNA Bisulfite Kit was used to bisulfate DNA in the present study. DNA fragments extracted from tumor tissue, healthy tissue, and stool samples were amplified using quantitative methylation-specific PCR after bisulfate, and the vimentin gene methylation was measured in them. The ACTB gene was used as an internal control to normalize the conditions, and all of the steps mentioned for this gene were also performed. The primer sequence for the vimentin gene was as follows:
- Methylated sense (forward), 5'TCGTTTCGAG GTTTTCGCGTTAGAGAC-3'
- Methylated antisense (reverse), 5'-CGACTAAAA CTCGACCG ACTCGCGA-3'.
White blood cells of healthy blood donors and the following primers were used for promoter regions of the nonmethylated ACTB gene:
- 5' TGGTGATGGAGGAGGTTTAGTAAGT 3'
- 5' AACCAATAAAACCTACTCCTC CCTAA 3'.
It should be noted that commercial kit of QIAGEN N.V. was used when the samples were methylated. In addition, a negative control tube, containing all the PCR elements except for template, was used to examine the possibility of infection for each PCR reaction. In the delta-delta-CT formula, the number 2 represents the efficiency of the PCR reaction. This number is 2 (100%) for the best and most optimal reaction. For this purpose, a serial of dilutions (10, 100, 1000, 100,000, and 1,000,000) was prepared from the DNA of the vimentin and ACTB genes, and real-time PCR reaction was performed on them. After performing the reaction and plotting the CT chart versus initial dilution of the DNA, the line slope was obtained. Using the following formula, the efficiency of the reaction is obtained: Efficiency = 10^[–1/slope] [Chart 1][Chart 2][Chart 3][Chart 4].
In this study, the efficiency of the reaction in the vimentin gene is 97%. The value of slope is 3.3.
The methylated DNA level was obtained by calculating the ratio of vimentin gene methylation to ACTB gene methylation using delta-delta-CT method. Results were evaluated based on the relative quantitative method. Statistical data of this study were analyzed using SPSS 11.5. To compare the difference between levels of methylation and other values among the groups, t-test or ANOVA was used. Fisher's exact test was also used to analyze the classified data. Data values and results were expressed as mean ± SEM. P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
| Results|| |
The underlying information of patients in both case and control groups is presented in [Table 1].
The results of the frequency of vimentin gene methylation are shown in [Table 2]. Normal tissue was taken in a distance of 5–10 cm from the tumor tissue in the case group.
[Table 3] illustrates the result of the comparison of vimentin gene methylation in the normal tissues of both case and control groups. Results of Chi-square test showed no statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of vimentin gene methylation in normal tissue (P > 0.05).
|Table 3: Comparison of the vimentin gene methylation in normal tissues in both groups|
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[Table 4] illustrates the result of the comparison of mean age in patients gene methylation in tumor and stool tissues of the case group and showed no statistically significant age difference between the the methylation in tumor and stool tissues of case group (P > 0.05).
|Table 4: Comparison of the vimentin gene methylation in tumor and stool tissues of the case group and its association with mean age|
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[Table 5] illustrates the result of Comparing the vimentin gene methylation in tumor and stool tissues of the case group and its relationship with gender and showed no statistically significant gender difference between the the methylation in tumor and stool tissues of case group (P > 0.05).
|Table 5: Comparing the vimentin gene methylation in tumor and stool tissues of the case group and its relationship with gender|
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[Table 6] illustrates the Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the Valentin gene methylation.
|Table 6: Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of the vimentin gene methylation|
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| Discussion|| |
The research suggests that methylation of DNA of certain genes is associated with CRC development and seen in the stools of patients with colorectal adenomas. Thus, it is recommended to evaluate the feasibility of using DNA methylation biomarkers in diagnosing colorectal adenomas. Observations have approved that DNA methylation biomarkers are very sensitive and specific. These markers can also be used in diagnosing CRC and adenoma at an early stage. The presence of TFPI2 as a biomarker in fecal DNA-based tests was used for the early diagnosis of CRC. After performing this test on the two groups of patients with nonmetastatic CRC and the control group with no cancer and moderate risk, methylated TFPI2 was diagnosed in the stool DNA of patients with CRC (Grades 1–3) with a sensitivity of 76%–89% and specificity of up to 93%. The results of this research revealed that the diagnosis of TFPI2 methylation in stool DNA may be used as a technique in screening the CRC. Li et al. evaluated hypermethylation of 4010 genes using Methylated-CpG Island Recovery Assay (MIRA)-based microarrays in CRC. The findings of their research indicated that 211 genes were hypermethylated in the cancer tissue.
In another study, that vimentin gene methylation was examined in the primary carcinoma, and normal tissues of 43 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma revealed the vimentin gene methylation in 24 patients out of 43 patients (56%). One study examined the status of methylation of the vimentin gene in healthy tissue and primary cancer tissue of 48 patients using a specific PCR technique to measure the methylation and to evaluate the relationship between methylation and clinical findings. The results of this research showed altered methylation of vimentin in 31 patients out of 48 patients with primary CRC, indicating the high multiplicity of methylation of the vimentin genes in advanced CRC.
The presence of CRC was examined using the vimentin serum level test in a study conducted by Shirahata et al. Its results showed that of 44 colorectal patients, 4 (9%) of them showed methylation of vimentin in serum DNA. In addition, methylation of serum vimentin was seen in patients with liver cancer carcinoma caused by colon metastases, peritoneal diffusion, and distant metastases significantly, indicating that methylation of serum vimentin could be observed more in advanced CRC. Another study was conducted by the same researchers to examine the status of vimentin gene methylation in serum of 242 patients with CRC.
The results of the studies of Li et al. showed that the methylation of vimentin in stools of patients could diagnose the CRC by 45% accuracy.
In addition, the results of several meta-analysis studies showed that the methylation of the vimentin gene might be used as a reliable biomarker with high sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing and screening of CRC and can be considered as a therapeutic target.,,,,,,, In addition, in a study conducted by Pan et al. in 2017 in China, the cutoff was obtained 2 for quantitative values of methylated copies of vimentin gene and for the differentiation of pathological values from the normal values found in the intestinal tissue of healthy individuals and it was accepted. There are several options for measuring the status of methylation of related gene promotor, and their sensitivity and specificity are different. The selection of an appropriate method for measuring or analyzing results with various methods might be useful in improving the reliability of noninvasive methylation biomarkers in CRC.,,
| Conclusion|| |
The results of this study showed that the vimentin gene methylation in the stools of patients with CRC can be considered as a marker for the diagnosis of CRC. In addition, the research results showed that the evaluation of the vimentin gene methylation in the stool of patients with CRC has high specificity and sensitivity in diagnosing and screening the CRC, increasing the hopes for clinical applications of this important diagnostic marker as soon as possible.
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