Recent studies demonstrated that protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) correlates with tumor progression in various tissues. On the other hand, oxidative stress arising from endometriosis has been considered a cause of carcinogenesis in ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC). We previously demonstrated that oxidative stress up-regulates PAR-2 expression, and we conducted the present study to investigate the PAR-2 expression and its relation to clinicopathological factors and oxidative stress in OCCC. We performed an immunohistochemical evaluation in 95 cases of OCCC. For the evaluation of oxidative stress markers, 31 cases of ovarian endometrioid carcinoma (OEC) were also examined. No significant differences in the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase were observed between OCCC and OEC. Sixty-two percent of the OCCC cases showed high 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine expression, whereas all of the OEC cases showed almost negative immunoreactivities. The presence of endometriosis did not affect the expression of these oxidative stress markers or prognosis. High PAR-2 expression was observed in 20% (14/71) of the early International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage cases and 58% (14/24) of the advanced FIGO stage cases. High PAR-2 expression was significantly correlated with advanced FIGO stage and shorter overall survival. We found no correlations between PAR-2 expression and oxidative stress in OCCC. Our results suggest that PAR-2 plays an important role in the progression of OCCC. The expression of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine is a characteristic finding of OCCC, indicating that the injury of DNA by oxidative stress may be involved in the carcinogenesis of OCCC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine