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J Pathol. 2009 Jan;217(1):14-20. doi: 10.1002/path.2452.

E2Fs mediate a fundamental cell-cycle deregulation in high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas.

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Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.


Several studies described a role for the E2F/Rb pathway in ovarian serous carcinomas (SCAs). Since E2F/Rb pathway deregulation is a general hallmark of human cancer, it remains unclear whether this deregulation is of particular importance in SCAs or whether it reflects a common oncological feature. Here, we have clarified this issue by the examination of microarray expression profiles of SCAs and particularly by the comparison with another, less malignant, ovarian cancer type, serous borderline tumours (SBTs). Results were validated by quantitative RT-PCR, both on the microarray samples and on an independent panel, and TP53 mutation analysis was performed. This integrated analysis revealed a significant increase in the expression of the transcription factors E2F1 and E2F3 in SCAs, when compared to SBTs. This was associated with vast overexpression of E2F target genes in SCAs compared to SBTs. High-grade SCAs in particular exhibited a major deregulated E2F target expression pattern. Generally, overexpression of E2F targets in SCAs appeared to be well structured since those targets considered negative regulators of the cell cycle or promoters of apoptosis were usually not overexpressed in SCAs. Similar to E2F target deregulation, TP53 mutations were identified in SCA3s, to a lesser extent in SCA1s, and not in SBTs. These results suggest that a structured, generally up-regulated E2F transcription factor activity is associated with a global cell-cycle disturbance in high-grade SCAs and exceeds typical E2F/Rb pathway disruption in tumours, at least compared with SBTs.

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