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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2001 Feb 1;49(2):581-6.

Invasive oxygen measurements and pimonidazole labeling in human cervix carcinoma.

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Department of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Danish Cancer Society, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark. marianne@oncology.dk

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study was designed to compare tumor hypoxia assessed by invasive O2 sensitive electrodes and pimonidazole labeling in primary human cervix carcinomas.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

Twenty-eight patients with primary cervix carcinomas (FIGO Stage Ib-IVa) were investigated. Both invasive pO2 measurements and pimonidazole labeling were obtained in all patients. Before treatment, patients were given pimonidazole as a single injection (0.5 g/m2 i.v.). Ten to 24 h later, oxygenation measurements were done by Eppendorf histography, and after this procedure biopsies were taken for pimonidazole-binding analysis. Tumor oxygen partial pressure (pO2) was evaluated as the median tumor pO2 and the fraction of pO2 values < or = 10 mmHg (HF10). Biopsies were formalin fixed and paraffin embedded, and hypoxia was detected by immunohistochemistry using monoclonal antibodies directed against reductively activated pimonidazole. Pimonidazole binding was evaluated by a semiquantitative scoring system.

RESULTS:

Both Eppendorf measurements and pimonidazole binding showed large intra-and intertumor variability. A comparison between pimonidazole binding expressed as the fraction of fields at the highest score and HF10 showed a trend for the most well-oxygenated tumors having a low fraction of fields; however, the correlation did not reach statistical significance (p = 0.43, r = 0.165; Spearman's rank correlation test).

CONCLUSION:

Hypoxia measured in human uterine cervix carcinomas is heterogeneously expressed both within and between tumors when assessed by either invasive pO2 measurements or pimonidazole binding. Despite a trend that tumors with high pO2 values expressed less pimonidazole binding, no correlation was seen between the two assays in this preliminary report.

PMID:
11173158
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