Krzysztof Aleksander Grabowski

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Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are important targets for treatment and critical surrogate markers when evaluating cancer prognosis and therapeutic response. A sensitive methodology for detecting CTCs in gastric cancer (GC) patients is needed. In this study we demonstrate a device for enrichment and cultivation of CTCs. In total, 22 patients with GC, all(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate outcome prediction in gastroesophageal malignancies is challenging. Acute-phase response proteins (APRPs) have been claimed to be independent prognosticators, although the basis for their association with prognosis remains unexplained. We hypothesized that, similarly to pancreatic and lung cancers, changes in APRPs in gastroesophageal(More)
OBJECTIVE Proinflammatory cytokines are involved in cancer-related weight loss, but the involvement of VEGF-A, VEGF-C, IL-8 and midkine in gastroesophageal cancer patients remains unknown. DESIGN AND METHODS Serum IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-alpha, VEGF-A, VEGF-C, and midkine were evaluated in 96 cancer patients and 42 controls using ELISAs and were related to(More)
The presence of lymph node metastasis (LNM) is an important factor in clinical evaluation of esophageal cancer patients. Biological markers able to support detection of metastatic lymph nodes are sought after. Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is overexpressed by many cancers and involved in cancer dissemination. We investigated the relationship between circulating IL-8(More)
BACKGROUND Cytokines, one of the key mediators of immune response, play an important role in cancer development. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the interleukin-27 (IL-27) concentration in the serum of patients with gastroesophageal cancer (GEC) and in patients with non-cancerous benign diseases of the upper digestive tract (NCD). We(More)
The clinical stage of cancer is the end result in a complex, multistage carcinogenic process, during which several regulatory circuits are altered. These alterations often manifest themselves through changes in the cellular enzymatic patterns. It is well known that the most prominent biochemical feature of malignant cells remains the high glycolytic(More)
To better understand the role of membrane-associated proteolytic systems in the development of esophageal cancer, we studied the expression of two serine proteases, fibroblast activation protein-α (FAP-α) and dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV) and three metalloproteinases, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9 and MT1-MMP in 24 primary esophageal squamous(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of the study was the investigation of relationship between cachexia syndrome and serum resistin, adiponectin, and apelin in patients with gastroesophageal cancer (GEC). MATERIAL AND METHODS Adipocytokines concentrations were measured in sera of 85 GEC patients and 60 healthy controls. They were also evaluated in tumor tissue and(More)
Tissue expression of VEGF-C correlates with lymph node involvement (LNI) in ESCC and serum VEGF-C (sVEGF-C) in a non-small cell lung cancer has been more accurate marker of LNI than chest CT. Despite LNI importance in ESCC, the usefulness of serum VEGF-C (sVEGF-C) as a disease and LNI marker in ESCC has not been investigated yet. We found elevated sVEGF-C(More)
BACKGROUND The urokinase plasminogen activation system is associated with metastatic potential of cancer in several tumors. Its specific membrane receptor (uPAR) is released from cancer cells and can be detected as the soluble fraction of the plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR). Ferritin (FRT) is a poor prognostic factor in various neoplasms. (More)