Serum Levels of Angiopoietin-2, but not Angiopoietin-1, are Elevated in Patients with Erythrodermic Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma
Makiko Kawaguchi , Makoto Sugaya, Hiraku Suga, Tomomitsu Miyagaki, Hanako Ohmatsu, Hideki Fujita, Yoshihide Asano, Yayoi Tada, Takafumi Kadono, Shinichi Sato
Angiogenesis is a crucial process in the growth and progression of cancer, correlating with the metastatic potential of tumour cells. Angiopoietins are ligands for the endothelium-specific tyrosine kinase Tie2 receptor, which comprise 4 structurally related proteins, termed angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2, Ang-3 and Ang-4. The roles of Ang-1 and Ang-2 have recently been clarified as crucial in angiogenesis. In this report, we measured serum Ang-1 and Ang-2 levels in patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Serum levels of Ang-2, but not Ang-1, in patients with Sézary syndrome were significantly higher than those in patch mycosis fungoides (MF), plaque/tumour MF, and healthy controls. In patients with CTCL, serum Ang-2 correlated with disease activity. Moreover, the numbers of Ang-2+ cells in lesional skin of CTCL were significantly larger than those in normal skin. These results suggest that Ang-2 may have important roles in the development of CTCL.