Sessile serrated adenoma/polyps (SSA/P) are premalignant lesions of colorectal cancer that are difficult to distinguish histologically from hyperplastic polyps (HP) of minimal to no malignant potential. Specific markers for differentiating SSA/P from HP can aid clinicians for optimizing colon surveillance intervals. The present study investigates the potential of mucins and associated O-glycans to distinguish SSA/P from HP. Expression of colonic mucins (MUC1, MUC4, MUC17, MUC2, and MUC5AC) and O-glycans [Sialyl LewisA (CA19-9) and Tn/Sialyl-Tn on MUC1] were analyzed in HP (n=33), SSA/P (n=39), and tubular adenoma (TA) (n=36) samples by immunohistochemistry. A significantly reduced expression of MUC4 (p=0.0066), elevated expression of MUC17 (p=0.0002), and MUC5AC (p < 0.0001) was observed in SSA/P cases in comparison to HP cases. Interestingly, significantly higher number of SSA/P cases (p < 0.0001) exhibited MUC5AC expression in the goblet cells as well as filled the crypt lumen compared to only goblet cells in majority of the HP cases. Improved diagnostic potential was revealed by multivariate logistic regression analysis where combinatorial panel of MUC5AC/MUC17 discriminated SSA/P from HP (SN/SP=85/82%). Finally, the decision tree model based marker panel (CA19-9/ MUC17/MUC5AC) predicted HP, SSA/P and TA with SN/SP of 58%/95%, 79%/90% and 97%/83%, respectively. Overall, the mucin and associated O-glycan based panel defined in the present study could aid in discriminating SSA/P from HP to devise better colon surveillance strategies.
- Hyperplastic polyps
- Sessile serrated adenoma/polyps
- Tubular adenomas
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