Clinical and Translational Oncology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 160–163 | Cite as

Methylation in the p53 promoter in epithelial ovarian cancer

  • Marcela Chmelarova
  • E. Krepinska
  • J. Spacek
  • J. Laco
  • M. Beranek
  • V. Palicka
Brief Research Article



Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of death from gynecologic tumors, however, the molecular and especially epigenetic events underlying this transformation are poorly understood. Promoter methylation status of tumor suppressor genes may be associated with transcriptional silencing and tumor progression. It has been shown that methylation of CpG dinucleotides located in the promoter region of p53 is associated with low expression levels of this gene. The aim of this study was to investigate promoter methylation of p53 gene in ovarian cancer by comparison with normal ovarian tissue.


To search for promoter methylation of p53 gene we used methylation-specific PCR (MSP) to compare the methylation status of 66 tissue samples of ovarian cancer with 37 control samples.


In our study methylation specific PCR revealed p53 promoter methylation in 34 of 66 (51.5 %) of specimens with ovarian cancer.


These results indicate that methylation in p53 promoter region may play an important role in carcinogenesis of ovarian cancer and could potentially be used in screening of ovarian cancer, and may have implications for future chemotherapy based on epigenetic changes.


p53 Promoter methylation Ovarian cancer 



This study was supported by research project MZO 00179906 and by Grant SVV-2011-262902.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcela Chmelarova
    • 1
  • E. Krepinska
    • 2
  • J. Spacek
    • 2
  • J. Laco
    • 3
  • M. Beranek
    • 1
  • V. Palicka
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Clinical Biochemistry and DiagnosticsMedical Faculty of Charles University and Faculty Hospital Hradec KraloveHradec KraloveCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyMedical Faculty of Charles University and Faculty Hospital Hradec KraloveHradec KraloveCzech Republic
  3. 3.The Fingerland Department of PathologyMedical Faculty of Charles University and Faculty Hospital Hradec KraloveHradec KraloveCzech Republic

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