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Increased Serum Progesterone and Estradiol Correlate to Increased COX-2 Tissue Expression in Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Pathology.
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2010 (English)In: Anticancer Research, ISSN 0250-7005, E-ISSN 1791-7530, Vol. 30, no 4, 1217-1222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to To investigate correlations between serum progesterone and serum estradiol levels and expression of tissue tumor markers in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and normal epithelium. Materials and Methods: Eighty women of fertile ages with cervical biopsies ranging histologically from normal to CIN III were included. Expression of eleven tumor markers was studied. Serum levels of progesterone and estradiol were analyzed. Exclusion criterion was hormonal contraceptive use. Results: In normal epithelium, low progesterone levels correlated to expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and CD4+. In initial analyses of CIN, high progesterone levels correlated with expression of retinoblastoma protein, p16 and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), but after adjustment for CIN grade, only correlation to COX-2 expression remained significant. Expression of COX-2 and CD4+ correlated to serum estradiol levels in CIN. Conclusion: Serum levels of progesterone and estradiol appear to correlate with increased COX-2 expression in CIN. In addition, the study shows that evaluation of expression of tumor markers must take into account the grade of CIN.

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2010. Vol. 30, no 4, 1217-1222 p.
Keyword [en]
Cervical intraepithelal neoplasia, cervical squamous epithelium, progesterone, estradiol, biological markers
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135416ISI: 000278686600025PubMedID: 20530431OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-135416DiVA: diva2:375005
Available from: 2010-12-07 Created: 2010-12-06 Last updated: 2016-04-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Tissue tumor marker expression in normal cervical tissue and in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, for women who are at high risk of human papilloma virus infection, are smokers, contraceptive users or in fertile age
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tissue tumor marker expression in normal cervical tissue and in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, for women who are at high risk of human papilloma virus infection, are smokers, contraceptive users or in fertile age
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The aim of this research was to study the correlation between tissue tumor marker expression and HR-HPV infection, smoking, hormonal contraceptive use and sex steroids in women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or normal epithelium. The study investigated the expression of 11 tumor markers in cervical biopsies obtained from 228 women with different diagnoses ranging from normal cervical epithelium to various stages of CIN. 188 women were recruited at our colposcopy clinic (out-patient surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Falun Hospital) for laser cervical conization or a directed punch biopsy, either because of a vaginal smear (Pap smear) that showed cytological findings suggesting CIN, or because of repeated findings showing atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS). For 40 volunteers, punch biopsies were taken from the normal cervical epithelium. The time period for this study was 2005-2007.

Study I :  228 women, of whom 116 were tested, 64 were positive to HR-HPV. The results showed that Ki67 tumor cell proliferation index was the only marker that independently correlated to both the presence of HR-HPV and the severity of cervical lesions.

Study II:  228 women, of whom 83 were smokers (36, 9%). Smokers showed lower expression of p53, FHIT (tumor suppressor markers) and interleukin-10 .Higher expression of Cox-2 and Ki-67 (tumor proliferation markers).

Study III:  195 women who were premenopausal. There was increased p53 expression (tumor suppressor) in the progestin-IUD users compared to non-users. Decreased IL-10 expression (immunological marker) was observed in both COC users and any progestin-only users.

Study IV: Serum from 80 premenopausal women was available. The main finding was that the increased levels of serum progesterone and estradiol were associated with increased Cox-2 expression (proliferation marker). Serum progesterone and estradiol levels influence cellular and extracellular proteins which have been associated with neoplastic development in normal epithelium and CIN.

Conclusion: The results of these studies support previous epidemiological findings on the role of smoking, contraceptive use and sex steroids as co-factors in development of CIN and that tumor marker expression varies in different grades of CIN.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. 74 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1137
tumor markers, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, smoking, contraceptive use, sex steroid hormones, HPV infection
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Health Sciences
Research subject
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262889 (URN)978-91-554-9348-6 (ISBN)
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2015-11-16, Rosénsalen, ingång 95/96, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-10-21 Created: 2015-09-22 Last updated: 2015-10-27

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