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Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology


ISSN (Print): 1389-2010
ISSN (Online): 1873-4316

Research Article

Changes in Expression Pattern of SEMA3F Depending on Endometrial Cancer Grade - Pilot Study

Author(s): Konrad Dziobek*, Marcin Opławski, Beniamin Grabarek, Nikola Zmarzły, Robert Kiełbasiński, Ewa Leśniak, Piotr Januszyk, Krzysztof Januszyk, Iwona Adwent, Dariusz Dąbruś, Przemysław Kieszkowski, Kamil Kiełbasiński, Agnieszka Kuś-Kierach and Dariusz Boroń

Volume 20, Issue 9, 2019

Page: [727 - 732] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/1389201020666190619145655

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Background: In the course of neoplastic diseases, a reduction in SEMA3F expression is observed, which translates into an increase in the proliferative and proangiogenic potential of cells forming the tumor and the surrounding microenvironment.

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the changes in SEMA3F level in endometrial cancer depending on its grade.

Methods: The study material consisted of tissue samples: 15 without neoplastic changes (control group) and 45 with endometrial cancer (G1, 17; G2, 15; G3, 13; study group). SEMA3F expression was assessed using the immune-histochemical method.

Results: The expression of SEMA3F was observed in the control group (Me = 159.38) and in the study group (G1, Me = 121.32; G2, Me = 0; G3, Me = 130.37). Differences between each grade and control and between individual grades were statistically significant. There were no significant correlations between SEMA3F expression and weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). The reduced SEMA3F expression in tumor tissue compared to healthy tissue indicates that this protein plays key roles in proliferation and angiogenesis.

Conclusion: We found that depending on the severity of the disease, cancer adopts different survival strategies, where SEMA3F plays an important role. As a molecular marker, SEMA3F is not sensitive to weight and BMI.

Keywords: SEMA3F, endometrial cancer, angiogenesis, epigenetics, supplementary molecular marker, proliferation.

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