Elevated and secreted phospholipase A2 activities as new potential therapeutic targets in human epithelial ovarian cancer

Qingchun Cai, Zhenwen Zhao, Caryl Antalis, Libo Yan, Giuseppe Del Priore, Ali Hassan Hamed, Frederick B. Stehman, Jeanne M. Schilder, Yan Xu

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Ascites in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) promotes tumor development by mechanisms that are incompletely understood. Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a major tumor-promoting factor in EOC ascites, is an enzymatic product of autotaxin (ATX) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2) enzymes. The contribution of PLA2 activities to ovarian tumorigenesis was investigated. The quantitative measurement of PLA2activities in ascites and tissues, as well as assay conditions selective for PLA2 subtypes, were optimized and validated. PLA2 activities correlated with tumor-promoting activates in cell-based and in vivo assays. High activities consistent with both cytosolic and calcium-independent PLA2 were found in human EOC ascites for the first time. Elevated PLA2 and ATX activities were also observed in EOC compared to benign tumors and normal tissues. Cell-free and vesicle-free (S4) human EOC ascites potently promoted proliferation, migration, and invasion of human EOC cells in a PLA 2-dependent manner. LPA mediated a significant part of the cell-stimulating effects of ascites. S4 ascites stimulated tumorigenesis/ metastasis in vivo, and methyl arachidonyl fluorophosphonate was highly effective in inhibiting EOC metastasis in mouse xenograft models. PLA 2activity was found in conditioned media from both EOC cells and macrophages. Collectively, our work implies that PLA2 activity is a potential marker and therapeutic target in EOC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3306-3320
Number of pages15
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Ascites
  • Autotaxin
  • Methyl arachidonyl fluorophosphonate
  • Migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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