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Biomarkers of Colorectal Cancer Risk Decrease 6 months After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Lookup NU author(s): Sorena Afshar, Dr Fiona MalcomsonORCiD, Seamus Kelly, Professor John Mathers



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© 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC Purpose: The impact of weight loss on obesity-related colorectal cancer (CRC) risk is not well defined. Previous studies have suggested that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery may have an unexpected adverse impact on CRC risk. This study aimed to investigate the impact of RYGB on biomarkers of CRC risk. Materials and methods: Rectal mucosal biopsies and blood were obtained from patients undergoing RYGB (n = 22) and non-obese control participants (n = 20) at baseline and at a median of 6.5 months after surgery. Markers of systemic inflammation and glucose homeostasis were measured. Expression of pro-inflammatory genes and proto-oncogenes in the rectal mucosa was quantified using qPCR. Crypt cell proliferation state of the rectal mucosa was assessed by counting mitotic figures in whole micro-dissected crypts. Results: At 6.5 months post-surgery, participants had lost 29 kg body mass and showed improvements in markers of glucose homeostasis and in systemic inflammation. Expression of pro-inflammatory genes in the rectal mucosa did not increase and COX-1 expression fell significantly (P = 0.019). The mean number of mitoses per crypt decreased from 6.5 to 4.3 (P = 0.028) after RYGB. Conclusion: RYGB in obese adults led to lower rectal crypt cell proliferation, reduced systemic and mucosal markers of inflammation and improvements in glucose regulation. These consistent findings of reduced markers of tumourigenic potential suggest that surgically induced weight loss may lower CRC risk.

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Author(s): Afshar S, Malcomson F, Kelly SB, Seymour K, Woodcock S, Mathers JC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Obesity Surgery

Year: 2018

Volume: 28

Issue: 4

Pages: 945-954

Print publication date: 01/04/2018

Online publication date: 08/10/2017

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 01/12/2017

ISSN (print): 0960-8923

ISSN (electronic): 1708-0428

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s11695-017-2953-6


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