Tumor Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 311–316 | Cite as

Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA)—a perspective marker in ovarian cancer

  • Iva Sedláková
  • Jaroslava Vávrová
  • Jindřich Tošner
  • Ladislav Hanousek
Research Article


To compare plasma lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) levels in ovarian cancer patients in women with benign ovarian tumors and in women with no ovarian pathology. We correlated clinico-pathological parameters with plasma LPA levels. Capillary electrophoresis with indirect ultraviolet detection was used to analyze the plasma LPA levels of 159 patients (81 patients with ovarian cancer, 27 women without ovarian or uterine pathologies, and 51 patients with benign ovarian tumors) during a 5-year period. Patients with ovarian cancer had a significantly higher plasma LPA level (n = 81; median (med), 11.53 μmol/l; range, 1.78–43.21 μmol/l) compared with controls with no ovarian pathology (n = 27; med, 1.86 μmol/l; range, 0.94–9.73 μmol/l), and patients with benign ovarian tumor (n = 51; med, 6.17 μmol/l; range, 1.12–25.23 μmol/l; P < 0.001). We found that plasma LPA levels were associated with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage. The histological subtype and grade of ovarian cancer did not influence the plasma LPA levels in this study. The plasma LPA level can be a useful marker for ovarian cancer, particularly in the early stages of the disease.


Ovarian carcinoma Lysophosphatidic acid Marker Diagnostics 



This project was supported by the Ministry of Health Grant Agency, No. 97373.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iva Sedláková
    • 1
  • Jaroslava Vávrová
    • 2
  • Jindřich Tošner
    • 1
  • Ladislav Hanousek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity HospitalHradec KrálovéCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Clinical BiochemistryUniversity HospitalHradec KrálovéCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsHospital PardubicePardubiceCzech Republic

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