Lipid-associated sialoprotein in the cerebrospinal fluid: Association with brain malignancies

Nonda Katopodis, Michael J. Glantz, Lyndon Kim, Urania Dafni, Julian K. Wu, George Perides

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BACKGROUND. Changes in the glycosylation process by tumor cells result in larger amounts of sialoproteins on their surface compared with normal cells. Sialoproteins then are released into the surrounding environment primarily by shedding or cell lysis. In the current study, the authors attempted to evaluate whether lipid-associated sialoprotein (LSP) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can distinguish patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors from those without brain tumors as well as determine response to treatment. METHODS. CSF samples were obtained from a tissue bank. The concentration of LSP was determined after chloroform:methanol extraction followed by protein precipitation. One-way analysis of variance and Scheffe pairwise comparisons were used for statistical analysis. RESULTS. The CSF of neurologically normal controls, patients with a normal leukocyte count (≤ 5/μL), and patients with various neurologic disorders or systemic tumors without central nervous system (CNS) malignancies contained similar levels of LSP. The CSF from patients with a normal leukocyte count and newly diagnosed primary or metastatic brain tumors contained on average 3.7-fold higher levels of LSP compared with CSF from patients without CNS tumors (P = 0.0001). The CSF from patients with brain tumors with progressive disease not responding to treatment contained high levels of LSP comparable to the levels found in newly diagnosed patients. The CSF from treatment-responsive patients contained decreased levels of LSP similar to that found in control patients. CONCLUSIONS. The LSP in CSF may be a useful marker with which to determine the presence of intracranial malignancies and assess response to treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-862
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 15 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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