Studies of Apurinic/Apyrimidinic Endonuclease/ref-1 Expression in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: Correlations with Tumor Progression and Platinum Resistance

Sarah Freitas, David H. Moore, Helen Michael, Mark Kelley

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Purpose: A crucial step in the DNA base excision repair pathway involves the cleavage of an apurinic/apyrimidinic site by an apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease (APE). The major APE in mammalian cells is APE/ref-1, a multifunctional enzyme that acts not only as a DNA repair enzyme but as a redox-modifying factor for a variety of transcription factors. The purpose of this study is to determine whether APE/ref-1 expression differs with ovarian cancer progression and metastasis and in platinum-resistant disease. Experimental Design: Ovarian tissue sections were obtained from the Cooperative Human Tissue Network for studies of APE/ref-1 expression and the metastatic process and from our institutional Department of Pathology for studies of APE/ref-1 expression and platinum resistance. Tissue microsections from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimens of epithelial ovarian cancers were stained using a monoclonal antibody to APE/ref-1 followed by standard immunohistochemical techniques. Slides were then analyzed for the percentage of positively staining nuclei as well as staining intensity using a blinded coding system. Results: All epithelial ovarian cancers expressed APE/ref-1. There were no significant differences in the percentage or intensity of nuclear staining in primary tumors from patients with early- versus advanced-stage disease or in primary tumors versus metastasis from patients with advanced disease. Both platinum-sensitive and platinum-refractory tumors demonstrated a range from minimal to high intensity staining nuclei with a median value of 2+ staining on a scale of 0-3+. The median value for the percentage of nuclei involved was 70% in the platinum-sensitive group and 90% in the platinum-refractory group (P = 0.118). Conclusions: APE/ref-1 expression is ubiquitous among epithelial ovarian cancers and is unaltered with the metastatic process. APE/ref-1 expression does not appear to differ between platinum-sensitive and platinum-refractory ovarian cancers and thus is not a useful biomarker for platinum resistance. Combined with evidence that APE/ref-1 expression and function may not be equivalent in all cell types and tissues, future work will investigate APE/ref-1 as a potential therapeutic target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4689-4694
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Volume9
Issue number13
StatePublished - Oct 15 2003

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DNA-(Apurinic or Apyrimidinic Site) Lyase
Endonucleases
Platinum
Neoplasms
Staining and Labeling
Ovarian Neoplasms
Ovarian epithelial cancer
Multifunctional Enzymes
Neoplasm Metastasis
DNA Repair Enzymes
DNA Repair
Paraffin
Formaldehyde
Oxidation-Reduction
Research Design
Transcription Factors

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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