Expression of the 67 kD laminin receptor in human ovarian carcinomas as defined by a monoclonal antibody, MLuC5

F. A. Van Den Brûle, V. Castronovo, S. Ménard, R. Giavazzi, M. Marzola, D. Belotti, G. Taraboletti

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Previous immunohistochemical data from our laboratory have demonstrated that expression of the 67 kD laminin receptor (67LR), a cancer-associated, high-affinity laminin-binding protein, is upregulated in ovarian carcinoma cells compared with normal serosal cells, and that-this increased expression in cancer cells could be related to patient outcome. The aim of this study was to validate MLuC5, a monoclonal antibody that recognises the 67LR, as a tool to perform future immunohistochemical studies on larger populations of ovarian carcinoma patients. Expression of the 67LR was determined in 51 primary human ovarian carcinoma samples using immunohistochemistry and MLuC5. The 67LR was detected in ovarian carcinoma cell clusters of variable extent. Analysis of the data determined that 67LR expression was significantly increased in the samples from patients with disease progression, compared with those with no evidence of disease after completion of primary therapy, and in pooled grade 2 and 3 tumours compared to borderline and grade 1 tumours (P <0.05, chi-squared test). No other significant correlation between 67LR expression and other clinicopathological parameters could be established. These data suggest that the 67LR is correlated to ovarian tumour progression. Detection of the 67LR using this monoclonal antibody could constitute an interesting parameter in prognosis determination of ovarian cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1598-1602
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996


  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Laminin receptor
  • Ovarian cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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