OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to investigate the differential expression of Beclin1, HMGB1, p62, survivin, ERCC1 and BRCA1 protein in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) and to evaluate the relationship between autophagy and platinum resistance of EOC patients during platinum-based chemotherapy with the protein expression.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Expression of Beclin1, HMGB1, p62, survivin, ERCC1 and BRCA1 were detected with immunohistochemistry in 60 patients, including 39 with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC), 13 benign epithelial ovarian tumor tissue (BET) and 8 borderline ovarian tumor tissue.
RESULTS: Beclin, p62 and ERCC1 expression was significantly higher in the EOC than the BET (p<0.05). No statistical significance was detected with HMGB1 or survivin expression among BET, borderline tumor and EOC (p>0.05). BRCA1 expression was lower in EOC than BET (p<0.05). The expression of Beclin, p62 and survivin significantly correlated with FIGO stage (p<0.05), while the expression of HMGB1 correlated with pathological type. For platinum-sensitive EOC patients, positive expression of Beclin1 and BRCA1 was lower, and positive P62 expression was higher than in platinum-resistant patients (p<0.05). BRCA1 expression was negatively correlated with Beclin1 and p62 expression (p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Inhibition of expression of beclin1 may suppress autophagy to enhance the efficiency of platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. HMGB1, survivin and p62 are implicated in the development of ovarian cancer. ERCC1 might be a potential predictive marker for neoadjuvant treatment in the early stage of ovarian cancer, and BRCA1, Beclin1 and p62 as a biomarker to predict platinum resistance and prognosis of epithelial ovarian cancer.Free PDF Download
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L.-L. Ju, C.Y. Zhao, K.-F. Ye, H. Yang, J. Zhang
Expression and clinical implication of Beclin1, HMGB1, p62, survivin, BRCA1 and ERCC1 in epithelial ovarian tumor tissues
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 20 - N. 10