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Volume 2016, Article ID 5213628, 13 pages
Research Article

Endosialin and Associated Protein Expression in Soft Tissue Sarcomas: A Potential Target for Anti-Endosialin Therapeutic Strategies

1Translational Medicine and Diagnostics, Morphotek, Inc., Exton, PA 19341, USA
2M2Gen, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
3H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Department of Biostatistics and Biostatistics, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
4Department of Bioinformatics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284, USA
5Sarcoma Department, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
6Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
7Adolescent and Young Adult Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL 33612, USA

Received 9 November 2015; Accepted 30 December 2015

Academic Editor: C. Verhoef

Copyright © 2016 Daniel J. O’Shannessy 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.


Endosialin (CD248, TEM-1) is expressed in pericytes, tumor vasculature, tumor fibroblasts, and some tumor cells, including sarcomas, with limited normal tissue expression, and appears to play a key role in tumor-stromal interactions, including angiogenesis. Monoclonal antibodies targeting endosialin have entered clinical trials, including soft tissue sarcomas. We evaluated a cohort of 94 soft tissue sarcoma samples to assess the correlation between gene expression and protein expression by immunohistochemistry for endosialin and PDGFR-β, a reported interacting protein, across available diagnoses. Correlations between the expression of endosialin and 13 other genes of interest were also examined. Within cohorts of soft tissue diagnoses assembled by tissue type (liposarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, undifferentiated sarcoma, and other), endosialin expression was significantly correlated with a better outcome. Endosialin expression was highest in liposarcomas and lowest in leiomyosarcomas. A robust correlation between protein and gene expression data for both endosialin and PDGFR-β was observed. Endosialin expression positively correlated with PDGFR-β and heparin sulphate proteoglycan 2 and negatively correlated with carbonic anhydrase IX. Endosialin likely interacts with a network of extracellular and hypoxia activated proteins in sarcomas and other tumor types. Since expression does vary across histologic groups, endosialin may represent a selective target in soft tissue sarcomas.