Expression of telomerase activity in gastric cancer cells

  • Zeng Fanjie 
  • Hua Zichun 
  • Wang Yuan 
Original Articles



To study the relationship between telomerase activity and biological behavior in human gastric cancer cells and appraise the clinical significance of detecting telomerase activity.


The telomerase activity in 47 gastric cancer tissue samples, their matched normal tissues, 7 gastric ulcer and 2 gastric cancer cell lines was detected using a PCR-based non-radioisotopic telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) assay.


None of the 47 samples from normal gastric tissues expressed telomerase activity. The 41 of 47 cases of gastric cancer presented telomerase activity with an 87.2% positive rate (P<0.001). 2/2 gastric cancer cell lines and 0/7 gastric ulcer line were also positive for telomerase activity. The activity of telomerase was associated with the pathological differentiation of gastric cancer.


Telomerase activity may be related to the biological behavior of gastric cancer and can help in assessing the malignant potential of gastric cancer. Telomeras activity will be a good diagnostic marker for the detection of gastric cancer.

Key words

telomerase gastric cancer TRAP assay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeng Fanjie 
    • 1
  • Hua Zichun 
    • 1
  • Wang Yuan 
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical BiotechnologyBiochemistry Department of Nanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Department of LaboratoryThe 81st Hospital of People's Liberation ArmyNanjingChina

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