Glycoconjugate profile in plasma and erythrocytes of gastric cancer patients.
Arivazhagan S. Kavitha K. Nagini S.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar.
The present study has examined the glycoconjugate profile in plasma and erythrocyte membranes of 24 adult male gastric cancer patients and an equal number of age and sex-matched controls. Protein-bound hexose, hexosamine and sialic acid were significantly increased in plasma and erythrocytes of gastric cancer patients compared to controls. Elevation of glycoconjugates in circulation is suggested to be a result of increased shedding by the tumor cells or increased synthesis by liver, due to acute phase response.