J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg 2013; 74(04): 234-238
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1333422
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Tissue and Plasma Thioredoxin Reductase Expressions in Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme

Rahsan Kemerdere
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Tibet Kacira
2   Department of Neurosurgery, Acibadem Hospital Group, Istanbul, Turkey
Hakan Hanimoglu
3   Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, Bezmi Alem Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey
Mine Kucur
4   Department of Biochemistry, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Taner Tanriverdi
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Bulent Canbaz
1   Department of Neurosurgery, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Background and Study Aims Thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) is a redox protein that is considered to play a role in tumor progression. The purpose of this study was to assess the expression of TrxR in blood and tumor samples of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patients.

Patients TrxR levels were evaluated in blood and GBM tissues extracted from 27 patients, in normal brain tissues of 12 autopsy cases, and in blood samples of 12 healthy subjects. The results were compared between tumor and control groups.

Results The mean level of TrxR in GBM tissues (74.5 ± 14.9 U/g wet tissue) was remarkably higher than in normal brain tissues (14.8 ± 3.4 U/g wet tissue). The mean TrxR levels in blood were significantly higher in GBM patients (296.3 ± 43.6 U/mL) than in the controls (203.0 ± 11.3 U/mL).

Conclusions These findings suggest that high levels of TrxR may be related to progression of GBM.

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