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Bo Song, Dianliang Zhang, Shuchun Wang, Hongmei Zheng, Xinxiang Wang, "Association of Interleukin-8 with Cachexia from Patients with Low-Third Gastric Cancer", International Journal of Genomics, vol. 2009, Article ID 212345, 6 pages, 2009. https://doi.org/10.1155/2009/212345
Association of Interleukin-8 with Cachexia from Patients with Low-Third Gastric Cancer
Background. Interleukin (IL)-8 has been implicated in the development of cancer cachexia. The polymorphism of IL-8 gene, which may affect the production level of IL-8, may be associated with cancer cachexia. Methods. The serum IL-8 level in our study was examined by radioimmunoassay. We also analyzed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) −251 A/T and +781 C/T of IL-8 gene, using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP). Results. The serum levels of IL-8 were significantly elevated in patients with low-third gastric cancer compared with controls, and were further up-regulated in patients with cachexia than those without (, ). A significantly increased frequency of +781 T allele was noted in patients with cachexia (, 95% CI: 1.351–3.737, ). The +781 TT genotype was observed to be associated with a significantly increased risk of cachexia (, 95% CI: 1.265–7.929, ), and with odds ratio of 3.033 (95% CI: 1.065–8.639, ) for cachexia after adjusting for potential confounding factors. Meanwhile, haplotype analysis indicated a borderline positive association between haplotype and cachexia as compared with the haplotype (, 95% CI: 1.00–24.28; ). Conclusions. IL-8 appears to be associated with cachexia from patients with low-third gastric cancer.
Cachexia is a complex metabolic syndrome associated with many diseases such as cancer, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), parasitic diseases, autoimmune disorders, chronic heart failure, or sepsis [1, 2]. Patients with cachexia are characterized by anorexia, early satiety, severe weight loss, weakness, anemia, and edema [1, 3]. The most devastating effect of cachexia is a progressive loss of body weight, resulting in severe depletion of both adipose tissue and skeletal muscle . But unlike the situation in starvation, nutritional supplementation has little or no impact on cachexia . Cancer cachexia—which has a negative impact on patient's quality of life, therapy and survival—is the most common reason of cancer-related deaths. It is estimated that 20% of patients with malignant diseases die from the effects of cachexia rather than tumor burden [6, 7].
The mechanism of cancer cachexia remains not well know. In humans, there is an increasing evidence that cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-), interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6, IL-8 and interferon gamma (IFN-) may participate in the cause or the development of cancer cachexia [8–13].
IL-8, a member of the CXC chemokine family, was originally identified as a potent chemoattractant for neutrophils and lymphocytes [14, 15]. Subsequent studies confirmed that IL-8 could also induce angiogenesis, tumor growth, invasion, and potential metastasis in cancer . Recently, the associations between increased serum IL-8 level and cachexia have been demonstrated in several cancers [17, 18]. Some studies have reported that the two common polymorphisms of IL-8 gene, 251 A/T, and 781 C/T are associated with altered transcription levels of IL-8 [19–22], and the polymorphisms of IL-8 gene have been implicated in the susceptibility to a range of cancers [23–25].
It has been confirmed that the IL-6 gene polymorphisms play an important role in the development of cancer cachexia [26, 27], and the polymorphism of IL-1 is associated with the cachexia from locally advanced gastric cancer . However, no study has examined the association between genetic polymorphisms in IL-8 gene and cachexia. Working from the assumption of substantial inflammatory contribution to cancer cachexia, we evaluated the effects of serum IL-8 level and the two common 251 A/T and 781 C/T polymorphisms of the IL-8 gene on the susceptibility of cachexia from patients with low-third gastric cancer.
2. Materials and Methods
All of the consecutive patients with low-third gastric cancer admitted to our hospital between April 1, 2008 and October 1, 2008 were prospectively considered. All cases were Chinese Han Population, and were verified as low-third gastric adenocarcinoma by histopathological examination. The exclusion criteria were the following: age 75 years, anorexia nervosa, pyloric obstruction surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy during the previous 4 weeks, other active medical conditions (major gastrointestinal disease, chronic heart failure, hepatic failure and renal failure, uncontrolled diabetes, infections, and HIV).
Patients were investigated for the presence of smoking habits, drinking water status, weight loss, food intake, and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. We defined “current” as persons who were current smokers, “ex-” as those who had smoked in the past, and “never” as those who had never smoked at anytime in their lives. Cancer stages were classified according to the guideline of International Union Against Cancer (UICC) TNM system .
All patients were divided into two groups cachectic patients and noncachectic patients. Patients were considered cachectic if they had met all 3 factors of the multifactor cachexia profile : weight loss (10% of their preillness stable weight within 6 months), low food intake (1500 kcal/d), systemic inflammation (CRP 10 mg/L).
The controls were recruited from our hospital attendees with no family history of gastric cancer and without any malignant diseases and infectious disorders. Informed consent was obtained from all participating subjects, and the Medical Ethics Committee of Affiliated Hospital of Qindao University approved the study.
2.2. Assessment of H Pylori Status
14C-UBT test was repeated two times for enrolled patients and controls by a single team of specialized staff. None of the enrolled subjects had ever been treated for H pylori eradication
2.3. Cytokine Detection
Peripheral venous blood samples were collected at 6 a.m. on the first day after admission and all participants were in a fasting state. The levels of the cytokines were measured by a radioimmunoassay using Interleukin Radioimmunoassay Kit (North Biotechnology Research Institute, Beijing, China) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
2.4. DNA Extraction
Genomic DNA was extracted from EDTA-anticoagulated peripheral blood leukocytes using Wizard Genomic DNA Purification kit (Promega) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
2.5. Determination of IL-8 Genotype
The IL-8 251 A/T and 781 C/T genotypes were determined by using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism method (PCR-RFLP), and the PCR primers were designed as described previously.
2.6. IL-8 251 A/T
Forward, CCATCATGATAGCATCTGT; reverse, CCACAATTTGGTGAATTATTAA  (Shanghai Sangon Biological Engineering Technology & Services Co.). PCR conditions: C 5 minutes; 35 cycles of 30 seconds at C, 55 seconds at C, 1 minute at C; C 8 minutes. PCR products were digested with AseI (MBI Fermentas) for 4 hours at C, producing fragments of 152 and 21 bp for allele A, or 173 bp for allele T; the fragments were visualized by electrophoresis on a 3% agarose gel stained with 0.1% ethidium bromide (Figure 1).
2.7. IL-8 781 C/T
Forward, CTCTAACTCTTTATATAGGAATT; reverse, GATTGATTTTAT CAACAGGCA  (Shanghai Sangon Biological Engineering Technology & Services Co.). PCR conditions: 8 minutes; 35 cycles of 30 seconds at C, 30 seconds at C, 1 minute at C; C 10 minutes. PCR products were digested with EcoRI (MBI Fermentas) for 4 hours at C, producing fragments of 184 and 19 bp for allele C, or 203 bp for allele T, the fragments were visualized by electrophoresis on a 3% agarose gel stained with 0.1% ethidium bromide (Figure 2).
2.8. Statistical Analysis
The serum IL-8 levels were expressed as Mean SE and compared with Mann-Whitney U test. Demographic and clinical data between groups were compared by 2-sample t test and by test. Genotype distributions for each polymorphism were first compared to values predicted by the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium through test. Genotype and allele frequencies among groups were compared using the test and Fisher’s exact test when appropriate, and odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to estimate the relative risk conferred by a particular allele and genotype. Haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium (LD) were determined based on the expectation-maximization algorithm using the SNPStats program (available at http://bioinfo.iconcologia.net/SNPstats/ provided in the public domain by the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Unit, Catalan Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain). A model of multiple logistic regression with variable entry criterion: and variable removal criterion: was also applied for identification of independent predictors of the cachexia.
values were two sided and was considered significant. The SPSS statistical software package version 12.0 was used for all of the statistical analyses.
3.1. Characteristics of the Study Population
On the basis of the selection criteria, 125 patients with low-third gastric cancer were studied (61 cachectic patients). The characteristics of the study patients are shown in Table 1. Carcinoma stage was noted to be significantly different between the two groups ().
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The clinical characteristics of the controls and the patients are shown in Table 2. No significant association was found between the frequency of smoking status, poor drinking water status and Helicobacter pylori infection. The two groups were matched for age and sex.
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3.2. Serum IL-8 level in Patients and Controls
The serum level of IL-8 is presented in Figure 3. The IL-8 level in patients with low-third gastric cancer was significantly higher than that in the healthy controls (, ), and was further up-regulated significantly in cachectic patients compared with non-cachectic patients ( ng/mL versus ng/mL, , ). In a logistic regression analysis adjusted for actual weight and carcinoma stage, IL-8 was associated with odds ratio of 4.480 (95% CI: 1.527–13.142, ) for cachexia.
3.3. The Genotype and Allele Frequencies of IL-8
The genotype and allele frequencies of the IL-8 gene A/T and C/T polymorphisms for all the studied variations are shown in Tables 3 and 4. Within each study group, the genotype distributions were consistent with those predicted by the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
No significant difference was found in genotype and allele frequencies between the low-third gastric cancer patients and the controls (Table 3). There were significant differences in the genotype frequencies of the IL-8 gene C/T polymorphism between patients with cachexia and without (Table 4) (), and a significantly increased frequency of T allele was noted in patients with cachexia (OR 2.247, 95% CI: 1.351–3.737, ). The TT genotypes were observed to be associated with a significantly increased risk of cachexia (OR 3.167, 95% CI: 1.265–7.929, ), and with odds ratio of 3.033 (95% CI: 1.065–8.639, ) for cachexia after adjusting for patients’ actual weight and carcinoma stage.
3.4. Haplotype Analysis of the IL-8 Gene
Haplotype analyses were performed and the possible four haplotype frequencies are shown in Table 5. Linkage disequilibrium was observed between locus and locus (). Haplotype analysis revealed major T251C781 haplotype accounted for 45.1% and 56.2% of these four haplotypes in both the cachexia and noncachexia patients, respectively. Haplotype analysis revealed that T251 haplotype (defined by SNPs at positions and ) was associated with a borderline positive risk of cachexia as compared with the T251 haplotype (OR 4.92, 95% CI: 1.00–24.28; ).
Cancer-related cachexia is typified by poor prognosis and is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients. Various studies have suggested the involvement of certain cytokines in cachexia. On this basis, we examined a cohort of patients with low-third gastric cancer who had cachexia to discuss whether the elevated serum level of IL-8 and its two common A/T and C/T polymorphisms are related to cachexia.
In our study, serum IL-8 level was significantly higher in low-third gastric cancer patients than those in healthy controls, and was further up-regulated in cachectic patients compared with noncachectic patients. In agreement with our results, the correlations of IL-8 concentration with the occurrence of cachexia have been confirmed in other studies [17, 18]. Noticeably, some studies have suggested that the primary tumor and distant metastasis may be associated with the levels of procachectic cytokines in cancer patients. Krzystek-Korpacka et al.  demonstrated that both IL-6 and IL-8 were correlated with gastroesophageal cancer T stage. Ueda et al.  reported that IL-6 and IL-8 may play an important role in the hematogenous metastasis of colorectal cancer. In view of these, we made logistic regression analysis adjusted for actual weight and tumor stage, and found that IL-8 was the independent predictor of cachexia in low-third gastric cancer patients.
Although the precise mechanisms regulating IL-8 expression remain not well known, several studies have shown that polymorphisms of the IL-8 gene have functional importance. Polymorphisms at position and of the IL-8 gene, especially the A251T781 haplotype, have been reported to be associated with greater IL-8 production and expression [21, 33, 34]. Tsai et al.  have observed significant relationships between the IL-8 T allele and wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In our study, a significantly increased frequency of T allele was noted in patients with cachexia, and the TT genotype was significantly associated with the risk of cachexia. Thus it can be conceivable that a higher promoter activity of T allele in IL-8 gene and its TT genotype might increase the expression of IL-8, resulting in a high profuction of IL-8, which may lead to be more susceptible to cachexia.
Previous reports have demonstrated that the A allele within the promoter was signiﬁcantly associated with higher IL-8 levels and is itself a functional variant [33, 36]. In our study, we failed to observe the relation between IL-8 A/T polymorphisms and cachexia in low-third gastric cancer patients, and in contrast, the T251T781 haplotype of IL-8 gene seemed to be positively associated with cachexia. It just can be conceivable that T allele may participate in up-regulating the production of IL-8 but can not be regarded as an independent predictor of cachexia. In fact, it is still unclear which allele of IL-8 A/T polymorphism is the functional variant that directly affects IL-8 production; the relationship has been controversial [20, 37].
In the current study, the IL-8 T allele frequency among the healthy Chinese Han population in our study was 0.39, which was higher than that of Taiwan Chinese populations (0.28) , but was comparable to that found in previous study in healthy American populations (0.35) . To eliminate possible bias, we carefully selected both our low-third gastric cancer and control groups. First, to avoid artifact in population admixture, we selected only Chinese Han people. As age, smoking habits, drinking water status, and helicobacter pylori infection are important risk factor in gastric cancer, the control sample was all matched to the patient group.
In conclusion, our results showed that the serum level of IL-8 and its C/T polymorphism have a significant association with the presence of cachexia in low-third gastric cancer patients. Future studies with larger sample sizes will be needed to validate the genetic effects of the IL-8 polymorphisms on cachexia in gastric cancer. Nevertheless, the results of our study are limited because of the relatively small numbers of cases and controls. Additional studies of the exact putative biologic functions of IL-8 on cachexia are also needed to be elucidated.
The subject was supported, in part, by grants from Shandong Natural Foundation (Y2006C20), Shandong Scientific, and Technological Project (2008GG30002034). The authors were all involved in designing the study and approved the final manuscript.
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