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Expression of Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 2 (DUSP2) in Patients with Serous Ovarian Carcinoma and in SKOV3 and OVCAR3 Cells In Vitro

Wei Liu, Xiaomin Tian, Xue Ding, Leiying Zhang

Department of Cardiology, Yidu Central Hospital of Weifang, Weifang, Shandong, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:10180-10189

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.919089

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Published: 2019-12-31


BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer commonly presents at a late stage and is associated with poor prognosis. The most common histological subtype is serous ovarian carcinoma. Dual-specificity phosphatase 2 (DUSP2) is a protein phosphatase and substrate for mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) with increased expression levels in malignancy. This study aimed to evaluate the expression of DUSP2 in tumor tissues from patients with serous ovarian carcinoma and the association with tumor grade, stage, and patient survival and to investigate the effects of DUSP2 expression in SKOV3 and OVCAR3 cells in vitro.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Tumor tissue and adjacent normal ovarian tissue from 127 patients with histologically confirmed serous ovarian carcinoma underwent quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry to measure DUSP2 mRNA and protein expression, respectively. Tumor grade, stage, and clinicopathological data underwent correlation analysis with DUSP2 expression, and survival data were assessed with Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analysis. The effects of DUSP2 expression on the proliferation and migration of SKOV3 and OVCAR3 cells were evaluated.
RESULTS: Immunohistochemistry showed that DUSP2 was down-regulated in serous ovarian carcinoma tissues compared with adjacent ovarian tissues, and was significantly correlated with tumor stage. Survival analysis showed that DUSP2 expression was an independent risk factor for patient survival. DUSP2 expression in SKOV3 and OVCAR3 cells in vitro suppressed cell proliferation and migration.
CONCLUSIONS: Down-regulation of DUSP2 expression in serous ovarian carcinoma was an independent risk factor for patient survival, and its expression in SKOV3 and OVCAR3 cells inhibited cell proliferation and migration in vitro.

Keywords: Cell Proliferation, Ovarian Neoplasms, Prognosis



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