ΔNp63 expression is associated with poor survival in ovarian cancer

S. Marchini, M. Marabese, E. Marrazzo, P. Mariani, D. Cattaneo, R. Fossati, A. Compagnoni, R. Fruscio, A. A. Lissoni, M. Broggini

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Abstract

Background: P63 belongs to the 'p53 family' whose role in cancer progression has been recently revisited in light of the plethora of splicing variants that are generated. We analyzed the expression of the full-length TAp63 gene and its dominant-negative form ΔNp63 in ovarian cancer biopsies to correlate their expression with clinical outcome. Materials and methods: Real-time RT-PCR analysis was used to determine the levels of TAp63 and ΔNp63 in 83 stage I and in 86 stage III ovarian cancer biopsies and in seven human ovarian cancer cell. Results: TAp63 levels were comparable in stage I and stage III, but ΔNp63 levels increased 77-fold in stage III, independently of the p53 status. Patients with high ΔNp63 expression had the worst overall survival (OS); patients with a ΔNp63/TAp63 ratio >2 had a poor OS. Patients with a high ΔNp63/TAp63 ratio were those with a poor response to platinum-based therapy. Conclusions: Data indicate arole for ΔNp63 as a potential biomarker to predict patient's outcome and tumor progression in ovarian cancer. This would have particularly clinical relevance in ovarian cancer where the high rate of mortality reflects our lack of knowledge of molecular mechanisms underlying cell progression toward malignancy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-507
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Epithelial ovarian cancer
  • p53 family
  • p63

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Medicine(all)

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    Marchini, S., Marabese, M., Marrazzo, E., Mariani, P., Cattaneo, D., Fossati, R., Compagnoni, A., Fruscio, R., Lissoni, A. A., & Broggini, M. (2008). ΔNp63 expression is associated with poor survival in ovarian cancer. Annals of Oncology, 19(3), 501-507. https://doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdm519