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Disease Markers
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5780538, 7 pages
Research Article

Detection of OSR2, VAV3, and PPFIA3 Methylation in the Serum of Patients with Gastric Cancer

1The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China
2No. 2 Subsidiary Hospital of No. 4 Military Medical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

Received 28 December 2015; Revised 19 February 2016; Accepted 2 March 2016

Academic Editor: Stamatios Theocharis

Copyright © 2016 Wen-han Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. This study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of OSR2, VAV3, and PPFIA3 hypermethylation in gastric cancer (GC) patients. Patients and Methods. By using methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP), we detected the methylation status in tissue and serum samples from 48 gastric cancer (GC) patients and 25 normal individuals. Results. We found that OSR2, VAV3, and PPFIA3 were methylated in 70.8% (34/48), 54.2% (26/48), and 60.4% (29/48) of GC tissue, respectively. On the contrary, those genes were barely methylated in their paired paracancerous histological normal tissues (PCHNTs) (all values < 0.01). We next analyzed the methylated OSR2, VAV3, and PPFIA3 in serum DNA. Compared with 25 normal individuals, those three genes were significantly hypermethylated in GC patients serum samples (all values < 0.01). Regarding their diagnostic value in serum samples, the combined sensitivity of at least one positive among the three markers in serum was 83.3%, with a specificity of 88%. Conclusion. Our test suggested that methylation of OSR2, VAV3, and PPFIA3 genes in serum sample may offer a good alternative in a simple, promising, and noninvasive detection of GC.