CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Lab Physicians 2021; 13(01): 050-057
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1724235
Original article

A Study of CD44 Positive Cancer Cells in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer and their Correlation with P53 And Ki67

Ketaki Kar
1  Department of Pathology, Midnapore Medical College & Hospital, Midnapore, West Bengal, India
Suman Ghosh
2  Department of Pathology, Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Anup Kumar Roy
2  Department of Pathology, Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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Context  Epithelial ovarian carcinomas are one of the most common lethal gynecological malignancies. There is no specific symptom or biomarker for detection of this malignancy in early stage. So, the advanced stage, nature of frequent recurrences, and resistance to chemotherapies make it very difficult to deliver proper treatment to patients. Efforts are on to identify the presence of cancer stem cell by using a specific biomarker in epithelial ovarian cancer in the early stage.

Objectives  This study aims to identify the CD44 positive cancer cells in epithelial ovarian carcinoma of different histopathological types. It also intends to correlate the expression of CD44 with the expression of p53 and Ki67.

Materials and Methods Sections from diagnosed specimens of ovarian epithelial neoplasm had been fixed in 10% formalin and embedded in paraffin, and they were used for immunohistochemical (IHC) staining for CD44, p53, and Ki67, using a peroxidase kit with mouse monoclonal antibodies. Then, the slides were evaluated for both tumor cell percentage and intensity of immunoreactivity.

Statistical Analysis Chi-square had been used to find the significance of study. Significance level was considered at p value < 0.05

Results  In this study, 40 patients were included in a period of one and a half years. The present study suggested that the levels of CD44 expression were increased in epithelial ovarian cancer compared to borderline tumor. CD44 was positively correlated with the ki67 expression and tumor grade. High-grade serous, mucinous, and endometrioid tumors were associated with high CD44 expression. Positivity of CD44 was found significantly higher in case of positive status of p53 (z = 3.65; p < 0.0001).

Conclusion We can correlate CD44 positive cancer stem cells with grade of ovarian carcinomas, but for prognostic significance and therapeutic applications, more corroborative and multicentric works in this field are needed. CD44 can be targeted for therapy in recurrent and resistant cases of ovarian cancer.

Publication History

Publication Date:
22 February 2021 (online)

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