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Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2002 Feb 22;187(1-2):39-45.

The prognostic value of metalloproteinases and angiogenic factors in ovarian carcinoma.

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Department of Pathology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello 0310, Oslo, Norway.


The objective of this study was to analyze the correlation between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and angiogenic genes and survival in advanced-stage ovarian carcinomas. Primary and metastatic ovarian carcinomas from patients diagnosed with FIGO stage III-IV disease and followed up to 20 years were studied using mRNA in situ hybridization (ISH). Expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, membrane-type 1-MMP (MT1-MMP), the MMP inhibitor TIMP-2, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) was studied. MMP-2, MMP-9 and TIMP-2 mRNA was detected in both tumor and stromal cells, while MT1-MMP was largely confined to tumor cells. In univariate analysis of primary tumors, TIMP-2 and MMP-9 mRNA expression correlated with poor outcome. In metastatic lesions, mRNA expression of TIMP-2, MMP-2, and MT1-MMP correlated with poor survival. In a multivariate analysis of primary tumors, TIMP-2 expression in stromal cells (P=0.006) and MMP-9 expression in tumor cells (P=0.011) retained their predictive value. Intense expression of bFGF mRNA and weak expression of IL-8 mRNA was detected in both stromal and tumor cells in most cases, while VEGF mRNA expression was limited to a few cases. Angiogenic mRNA expression showed no correlation with disease outcome in survival analysis (P>0.05). We conclude that bFGF is the major angiogenic factor expressed in ovarian carcinoma at the mRNA level. MMP-2, MMP-9, MT1-MMP and TIMP-2 are valid markers of poor survival in advanced-stage ovarian carcinoma.

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