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Immunohistochemical evaluation of a new epithelial antigen, BER-EP4 in ovarian cancer: a propos of 62 cases

Capobianco, Giampiero and Marras, Vincenzo and Meloni, Giovanni Battista and Dessole, Salvatore and Ashqar, Nimer and Cherchi, C. and Dessole, Francesco and Cherchi, Pier Luigi (2012) Immunohistochemical evaluation of a new epithelial antigen, BER-EP4 in ovarian cancer: a propos of 62 cases. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology, Vol. 33 (1), p. 90-92. ISSN 0392-2936. Article.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the immunohistochemical expression of BerEP4, a new epithelial antigen in ovarian cancer.
METHODS: We studied 62 cases of ovarian cancer in which BerEP4, CEA and CA-125 were investigated by an immunohistochemical method. We evaluated the correlations among immunohistochemical positivity and the grading, histotype and stage of disease.
RESULTS: BerEP4 was positive in 45 out of 62 cases (72.58%), CA-125 in 36 out of 62 cases (58.06%) and CEA in ten out of 62 cases (16.13%). BerEP4 was present both in serous and in mucinous tumors (80.96% vs. 80.77%). CA-125 was mainly expressed in serous vs mucinous tumors (66.67% vs. 57.69%). CEA was more prevalent in mucinous vs. serous tumors. Ber-EP4 was mainly expressed in G1 (75%) and G2 (77.27%). CA-125 was more present in G1 and G3 (both 62.50%) than G2 (50%), whereas CEA showed positivity in G1: 12.50%, G2: 22.73% and G3: 12.50%. There were no differences among the three antigens studied with regard to clinical stage.
CONCLUSIONS: In our study Ber-EP4 was positive in 45 out of 62 cases (72.58%) of primary epithelial ovarian cancers. The presence of this antigen seemed to be related to the histotype and grading but not to clinical stage.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:7716
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:BER-EP4, ovarian cancer
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/40 Ginecologia e ostetricia
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/36 Diagnostica per immagini e radioterapia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze Chirurgiche, Microchirurgiche e Mediche
Publisher:IROG Canada
ISSN:0392-2936
Deposited On:21 Jun 2012 09:35

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