Significance of MMP-9 expression and MMP-9 polymorphism in prostate cancer

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The aim of the study was to assess the expression of the MMP-9 gene and -1562 C/T polymorphism in MMP-9 gene promoter in relation to clinicopathological parameters in predicting the clinical outcome of prostate cancer patients.


A total of 82 patients with histopathologically diagnosed prostate cancer were enrolled in the study. MMP-9 gene expression was assessed by reverse transcription-PCR method. MMP-9 (-1562 C/T) polymorphism variants were determined by the polymerase chain reaction-based restriction fragment length polymorphism method.


MMP-9 expression and MMP-9 -1562 polymorphism variants in relation to disease pathological stage (P = 0.006; P <0.0001, respectively), as well as to prognostic group (P = 0.019; P <0.0001, respectively), were statistically significant. Only MMP-9 - 1562 polymorphism variants in relation to tumor differentiation grade (P = 0.044) were found to be statistically significant. Positive MMP-9 gene expression was associated with 5-year survival rate of prostate cancer patients with pathological stage III (P = 0.036) and for the patients in prognostic group III (P = 0.012). Patients with tumor differentiation grade G2 and with the identified CC variant had a significantly longer survival time than patients with the identified TT variant (P = 0.007).


MMP-9 gene expression and MMP-9 -1562 polymorphism variants were associated with prostate cancer pathological stage and prognostic group. MMP-9 - 1562 polymorphism CC variant was associated with prostate cancer tumor differentiation grade. Five-year survival analysis showed the relationship between MMP-9 gene expression and pathological stage III, as well as prognostic group III, whereas MMP-9 -1562 polymorphism variants, with tumor differentiation grade G2.

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