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Cancer Res. 1999 Nov 15;59(22):5647-50.

Expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in human invasive transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the urinary bladder.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA.


Cyclooxygenase (COX)-inhibiting drugs have antitumor activity in canine and rodent models of urinary bladder cancer. Two isoenzymes of COX have been identified, COX-1 and COX-2. The purpose of this study was to characterize COX-1 and COX-2 expression in human invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. COX-2 was not expressed in normal urinary bladder samples but was detected in 25 of 29 (86%) invasive transitional cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder and in 6 of 8 (75%) cases of carcinoma in situ. These results indicate that COX-2 may play a role in bladder cancer in humans and support further study of COX-2 inhibitors as potential antitumor agents in human bladder cancer.

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