Prognostic impact of chondroitin-4-sulfotransferase CHST11 in ovarian cancer
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Ovarian cancer (OvCa) accounts for the highest tumor-related mortality among gynecological malignancies, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Glycosaminoglycans are abundantly present in ovarian tumors, and there is rising evidence that chondroitin sulfate (CS) as well as diverse carbohydrate sulfotransferases (CHSTs), the enzymes involved in the sulfation process of these structures, plays an important role in metastatic spread of tumor cells. mRNA expression levels of CHST3/7/11/12/13/15 were compared between malignant (86 OvCas) and non-malignant tumors (6 borderline tumors and 3 cystadenomas). CHST11 and CHST15 were further chosen for Western blot analysis in a cohort of 216 OvCas. Protein expression levels were correlated with clinicopathologic prognostic parameters and survival data. A significantly higher mRNA expression of CHST11, CHST12, and CHST15 was measured in ovarian cancer samples in comparison to non-malignant ones, and the same trend was observed for CHST13. For CHST3 and CHST7, no significant differences were found between the two groups. At protein level, high CHST11 expression was independently associated with unfavorable progression-free survival (PFS; p = 0.027). A similar trend was observed for CHST15, showing a nearly significant correlation between high expression levels and shorter recurrence-free survival in patients without macroscopic residual tumor after surgery (p = 0.053). We conclude that CHSTs involved in the synthesis of CS-A and CS-E might influence ovarian cancer progression, and we suggest CHST11 as independent unfavorable prognostic factor in this entity.
KeywordsOvarian cancer Prognostic factors Chondroitin CHST11
We are very grateful to the excellent technical assistance of Maila Rossberg and Kathrin Eylmann.
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