Molecular Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 80–92 | Cite as

Kisspeptin Effect on Endothelial Monocyte Activating Polypeptide II (EMAP-II)-Associated Lymphocyte Cell Death and Metastases in Colorectal Cancer Patients

  • Martha Stathaki
  • Athanasios Armakolas
  • Andreas Dimakakos
  • Loukas Kaklamanis
  • Ioannis Vlachos
  • Manoussos M. Konstantoulakis
  • George Zografos
  • Michael Koutsilieris
Research Article


Kisspeptin is an antimetastatic agent in some cancers that has also been associated with lymphoid cell apoptosis, a phenomenon favoring metastases. Our aim was to determine the association of kisspeptin with lymphocyte apoptosis and the presence of metastases in colorectal cancer patients. Blood was drawn from 69 colon cancer patients and 20 healthy volunteers. Tissue specimens from healthy and pathological tissue were immunohistochemically analyzed for kisspeptin and endothelial monocyte activating polypeptide II (EMAP-II) expression. Blood EMAP-II and soluble Fas ligand (sFasL) levels were examined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method. The kisspeptin and EMAP-II expression and secretion levels in the DLD-1 and HT-29 colon cancer cell lines were examined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, Western analysis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, whereas lymphocyte viability was assessed by flow cytometry. The effect of kisspeptin on the viability of colon cancer cells was examined by MTT [3-(4),5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide]. Exogenous, synthetic and naturally produced, kisspeptin induces through the G-protein-coupled receptor 54 (GPR54; also known as the kisspeptin receptor) the EMAP-II expression and secretion in colon cancer cell lines, inducing in vitro lymphocyte apoptosis, as verified by the use of an anti-EMAP-II antibody. These results were reversed with the use of kisspeptin inhibitors and by kisspeptin-silencing experiments. Tumor kisspeptin expression was associated with the tumor EMAP-II expression (p < 0.001). Elevated kisspeptin and EMAP-II expression in colon cancer tissues was associated with lack of metastases (p < 0.001) in colon cancer patients. These data indicate the antimetastatic effect of tumor-elevated kisspeptin in colon cancer patients that may be mediated by the effect of kisspeptin on EMAP-II expression in colon cancer tumors in patients with normal serum EMAP-II levels. These findings provide new insight into the role of kisspeptin in the context of metastases in colon cancer patients.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Stathaki
    • 1
    • 2
  • Athanasios Armakolas
    • 2
    • 4
  • Andreas Dimakakos
    • 2
  • Loukas Kaklamanis
    • 3
  • Ioannis Vlachos
    • 2
  • Manoussos M. Konstantoulakis
    • 1
  • George Zografos
    • 1
  • Michael Koutsilieris
    • 2
  1. 1.First Propadeutic Surgical Clinic, Athens Medical SchoolNational and Kapodestrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  2. 2.Physiology Laboratory, Athens Medical SchoolNational and Kapodestrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of PathologyOnasio HospitalAthensGreece
  4. 4.Department of Experimental PhysiologyAthensGreece

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