GLYCOSAMINOGLYCAN STRUCTURE AND CONTENT DIFFER ACCORDING TO THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN TUMORS
Jeronimo, Selma Maria Bezerra [UNIFESP]
Sales, A. O.
Fernandes, M. Z.
Melo, F. P.
Sampaio, Lucia de Oliveira [UNIFESP]
Dietrich, Carl Peter [UNIFESP]
Nader, Helena Bonciani [UNIFESP]
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The glycosaminoglycans of the tumor mass and from the urine of patients with a nephroblastoma of embryonic origin (Wilms' tumor) and hypernephroma were analyzed. The urine of patients with Wilms' tumors prior to treatment, and two patients with metastasis contained high levels of hyaluronic acid (2-5 mg/l of urine) when compared to patients after surgery or chemotherapy where the content of hyaluronic acid was less than 0.1 mg/l. Urine of patients with hypernephroma and normal individuals contained even smaller amounts of hyaluronic acid. Normal kidneys contain mainly dermatan sulfate and heparan sulfate, while the hypernephroma and Wilms' tumor contain substantial amounts of chondroitin sulfate. The amount of glycosaminoglycans isolated from Wilms' tumor and hypernephroma were 10 times and 3 times, respectively, greater than normal kidneys. The amounts of hyaluronic acid in Wilms' tumor varied from 56 to 73% whereas normal kidneys contained about 13%. Chondroitin sulfate was also increased in Wilms' tumor and hypernephroma. It corresponded to 11% and 42%, respectively, of the total glycosaminoglycans. These and other findings indicate that the glycosaminoglycans of Wilms' tumors resemble those present during embryonic development of normal tissues whereas those in hypernephroma are typical of other carcinomas of different origins.
CitationBrazilian Journal Of Medical And Biological Research. Sao Paulo: Assoc Bras Divulg Cientifica, v. 27, n. 9, p. 2253-2258, 1994.
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