Aims: Angiogenesis is important in malignant pleural effusion (MPE) formation and it is regulated by anumber of pro- and anti-angiogenic cytokines. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic valueof angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and angiogenesis inhibitor endostatin in lungcancer patients with MPE, and investigate the relationship between these two kinds of agent.
Methods: Usingenzyme-linked immunoadsorbent assay, the concentrations of VEGF and endostatin were measured in pleuraleffusions (PE) and serum from a total of 70 lung cancer patients with MPE and 20 patients with tuberculosis.
Results: Compared to patients with tuberculosis, the levels of VEGF and endostatin in both PE and serum weresignificantly higher in patients with lung cancer. There were statistically significant correlations between VEGFlevels in PE and serum (r=0.696, p<0.001), endostatin levels in PE and serum (r=0.310, p=0.022), and VEGF andendostatin levels in PE (r=0.287, p=0.019). Cox multivariate analysis revealed that elevated pleural VEGF andendostatin levels and serum endostatin level were independent predictors of shorter overall survival.
Conclusion:Both pro- and anti-angiogenic factors are likely contributors to PE formation. Our results suggest that the levelsof VEGF and endostatin in PE, together with endostatin in serum, may be potential prognostic parameters forlung cancer patients with MPE.