IMR Press / EJGO / Volume 23 / Issue 6 / pii/2002229

European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology (EJGO) is published by IMR Press from Volume 40 Issue 1 (2019). Previous articles were published by another publisher on a subscription basis, and they are hosted by IMR Press on as a courtesy and upon agreement with S.O.G.

Original Research

p53 expression in tissue adjacent to endometrial carcinoma

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology Unit, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv (Israel)
2 Department of Pathology, Edith Wolfson Medical Center, Halon, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv (Israel)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2002, 23(6), 548–550;
Published: 10 December 2002

Objective: Since several investigations did not demonstrate the presence of altered p53 in endometrial hyperplasias, it has been concluded that these alterations constitute a relatively late event in endometrial carcinoma. The aim of the present study was to assess the presence of p53 in the tissue adjacent to endometrial carcinoma in attempt to elu­cidate the relationship between these tissues. Methods: New slides were prepared from paraffin-embeded tissue blocks of 49 endometrial endometrioid carcinoma hysterec­tomy specimens so that in each case tumor tissue and adjacent uninvolved endometrium were represented. Immunohistochemical staining for p53 detection was then performed. Results: In 43 of the 49 hysterectomy specimens evaluated, the tissue adjacent to the endometrial carcinoma was non hyperpla­stic and in six it was hyperplastic. Positive immunohistochemical staining was found in 22 (44.9%) of endometrial carcinomas and in eight (16.3%) of the adjacent tissues. A statistically significant higher percentage of hyperplastic adjacent tissues than non-hyper­plastic adjacent tissues were immunohistochemically p53 positive (50.0% vs 11.3%; p = 0.047). Conclusions: Our findings may indicate that p53 alterations are not necessarily a late event in endometrial endometrioid carcino­genesis. Since a large proportion of tissues adjacent to endometrial carcinoma do not show p53 alterations, other early cellular events may also play a role.

Endometrial carcinoma
Adjacent tissue
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